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The Indiana Manufacturers Association and IMPAC, the group's political action committee, have voted to endorse Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries for the Republican nomination for Indiana Senate District 15 in the May 6 primary election.

The group also recently endorsed Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, for re-election to the House District 84 seat.

"Sheriff Fries has a unique background as a law enforcement officer, businessman and inventor," said Patrick J. Kiely, President of the Indiana Manufacturers Association.

In 1989, Fries invented the Hat-Trap, which he designed to protect the hat of law enforcement officers from accidental crushing, fading and warping. He later sold the business.

Kiely also noted, "Sheriff Fries expressed to us his support for the recent reduction in the state corporate tax rate, personal property tax reform, Right to Work and other pro-manufacturing positions on energy and environmental issues."

Jean Ann Harcourt, President of Harcourt Industries and Chairperson of the IMPAC Board, said, "Sheriff Fries knows Allen County very well as a two-term county sheriff. Additionally, with his prior experience as an inventor and businessman, Sheriff Fries will be a great representative for Allen County manufacturers in the Indiana Senate."

The Senate District 15 is located in Allen County, and is being vacated by the retiring Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, who has represented the district since 1985.

Others seeking the Republican nomination are Liz Brown, Darren Vogt and Jeff Snyder.

In HD84, Morris is facing Republican attorney Michael Barranda in the primary.

"Representative Morris is a strong advocate in the Indiana General Assembly for manufacturers in Allen County," said Kiely.

He also said variations on two provisions offered by Morris were included in recent legislation regarding personal property tax and corporate tax reform.

House District 84 is located in Allen County and includes most of St. Joseph Township and a portion of Perry Township along with a section of the City of Fort Wayne. Representative Morris was first elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2010.

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