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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 2:20 pm

Libertarians pick general-election candidates

Journal Gazette

The Indiana Libertarian Party recently had a state convention to select candidates for the Nov. 6 general election.

The party announced this week it nominated Lucy Brenton of Indianapolis for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly. In 2016, Brenton, a finance professional, received 5.4 percent of the vote in the election for the state's other Senate seat, which was won by Republican Todd Young.

Libertarians nominated just one candidate for Indiana's nine seats in the U.S. House: Tom Ferkinhoff in east-central and southeastern Indiana's 6th District, an open seat being vacated by Rep. Luke Messer, who sought the Republican Senate nomination won by Mike Braun in the May 8 GOP primary election.

Libertarians nominated Mark Rutherford of Carmel for Indiana secretary of state and John Schick of Chesterton for state auditor. Schick ran for auditor in 2014, receiving 4.4 percent of the vote.

The party chose candidates for nine seats in the Indiana House and one seat in the state Senate. None of those seats is in northeast Indiana.