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In one of the higher profile countywide races on Tuesday, Republican Prosecuting Attorney Brian Gensel will be seeking his fourth term against a challenge from Democrat Gary Germann.

Gensel, 57, was first elected to the position in 2012, after serving 12 years as Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Germann, 70, previously served one term as elected Porter County Prosecuting Attorney (1978-82), worked for some 20 years as a Porter County Public Defender, and has since been a criminal defense attorney in private practice.

Among his achievements in office, Gensel notes that he and his staff have secured convictions in their last 12 murder trials. Germann, on the other hand, told the Chesterton Tribune that he has “successfully defended clients who were innocent of the crimes they were charged with.

Of Germann, Gensel said, “For the last 36 years my opponent has been attacking law-enforcement investigations and defending these same criminals.” Germann, for his part, put it this way: “Who better to prosecute a case than an attorney who has defended the same kind of case?”

Judge, Porter Superior

Court No. 2

In the race for the bench of Porter Superior Court No. 2, Republican incumbent Jeffrey Clymer faces a challenge from Democrat Clay Patton.

Clymer was appointed to the bench by Gov. Holcomb in November 2017, to fill the vacancy created by Judge Bill Alexa’s retirement.

Clymer, 57, has tried more than 50 jury trials over his career in private practice. Patton, 49, points to his 25 years in practice and to his 15 years as a judge pro-tem.

When asked by the Tribune what the key issues in the race are, Clymer declined to comment, citing the Code of Judicial Conduct which “prevents me from ‘making any public statement that might reasonably be expected to impair the fairness of a matter” pending in court. Patton responded to the same question by pointing to the “opiate abuse crisis and the mental health issues affecting our citizens.”



Posted 11/5/2018




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