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Contested GOP primary in store for state House seat

Barranda

It appears that state Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, will have a challenger in the 2014 GOP primary election.

Local attorney Michael Barranda and his supporters have scheduled a candidacy announcement Thursday evening at the Cabernet Room of Eddie Merlot's.

Barranda's website says he began considering running in April 2012 "when many people expressed interest in an alternative conservative candidate for the 84th House District." The same month, he filed a candidate statement of organization with the Indiana secretary of state, and in June 2012, he issued a news release indicating he would run in the 2014 Republican primary election.

His exploratory committee's campaign finance report shows he raised $5,025 in contributions in 2012 and started this year with $3,870 in cash. By comparison, Morris reported having nearly $10,700 in campaign cash at the beginning of 2013.

Morris has represented the 84th District in northeast Fort Wayne since Republicans chose him to fill a vacant seat in 2010. He won the 2010 and 2012 general elections, and ran unopposed for the 2012 Republican nomination.

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