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Tuesday, October 02, 2018 9:48 am

Candidate jumps into race to replace Sen. David Long

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

Another candidate has jumped in the race to replace Sen. David Long, R-Fort Wayne.

Tom Rhoades announced he will seek to represent Senate District 16 in a caucus later this year.

Long is resigning after Election Day and local precinct men and women will choose his successor. The terms runs through 2020.

“The departure of Senator Long leaves a significant void in the Indiana State Senate and in the representation of this district,” Rhoades said. “It's important that the next Senator knows the people of this district and the issues that are important to them. I have built a career of serving this community. I look forward to continuing that service.”

Rhoades, who currently serves as the chief of police and corporate director of public safety and emergency preparedness for Parkview Health, has nearly 30 years of law enforcement and security experience. Prior to his service at Parkview, Rhoades served as captain with the Fort Wayne Police Department - overseeing the creation of the Office of Professional Standards Unit and the Ft. Wayne Police Academy.

Rhoades also served as the public information officer for the department. Rhoades was elected to the Board of Trustees for MSD Southwest Allen County Schools in 2014 and currently serves as the vice president.

Rhoades has been an Allen County resident for more than 25 years.

He will face Allen County Councilman Justin Busch in the caucus, who has already lined up significant endorsements from political insiders. Others can still jump in the race. No date for the caucus has been set.