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Sunday, July 14, 2019 1:00 am

Paddock, Jehl big fans of goalball

NIKI KELLY and BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Two Fort Wayne City Councilmen applauded the recent Paralympic qualifiers competition hosted at Turnstone.

Councilmen Geoff Paddock, D-5th, and Russ Jehl, R-2nd, both attended the event Monday, Paddock said at last week's council meeting. 

The 2019 ISBA Goalball and Judo International Qualifier began June 29 and ended Wednesday. Visit Fort Wayne called it the largest international event the city has hosted.

“This has become, of course, a center for international, worldwide teams coming in for training,” Paddock said. “It was really exciting to witness a goalball game between South Korea and Sweden and it was really fascinating to watch that and these very talented athletes training.” 

Paddock said he and Jehl were given official T-shirts and a badge to wear. They also were assigned to “keep the peace,” which Paddock suggested they did “pretty well without roughing anybody up.”

Chuckling, Jehl proposed a possible fundraising event.

“I think perhaps maybe lining us up and letting people throw that goalball at us would probably raise a lot of money,” Jehl said.

Laughing, Paddock replied that it would be “better than a dunk tank.”

Summer panels 

House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray have assigned lawmakers to summer study committees where legislators will examine topics from property tax referendums to scalping tickets.

Here is where area legislators will serve:

• Rep. Dave Abbott, R-Rome City – Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs

• Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne – Interim Study Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance; Interim Study Committee on Pension Management Oversight

• Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne – Governor's Security Council; Legislative Council

• Rep. Dave Heine, R-New Haven – Simplified State Sales Tax Administration Delegates

• Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne – Interim Study Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance; Legislative Council; Oral History Project Advisory Committee

• Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn – Interim Study Committee on Public Policy

• Rep. Chris Judy, R-Fort Wayne – Interim Study Committee on Elections; Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs

• Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington – Native American Indian Affairs Commission

• Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne – Environmental Adjudication Director Selection Panel; Interim Study Committee on Commerce and Economic Development; Interim Study Committee on Employment and Labor

• Rep. Curt Nisly, R-Goshen – Interstate Rail Passenger Advisory Council

• Rep. Dave Wolkins, R-Warsaw – Compliance Advisory Panel; Interim Study Committee on Environmental Affairs

• Rep. Dennis Zent, R-Angola – Indiana Veterans Affairs Commission; Interim Study Committee on Government; Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Human Services

• Sen. Justin Busch, R-Fort Wayne – Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code; Interim Study Committee on Environmental Affairs; Interim Study Committee on Government; Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs

• Sen. Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne – State Budget Committee; Distressed Unit Appeal Board; Medicaid Advisory Committee; Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Board

• Sen. Sue Glick, R-LaGrange – Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Interim Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission; Legislative Council

• Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle – Chair Interim Study Committee on Fiscal Policy

• Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn – Interim Study Committee on Education; Interim Study Committee on Employment and Labor

• Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington – Midwestern Higher Education Commission; Interim Study Committee on Energy, Utility and Telecommunications; Interim Study Committee on Financial Institutions.

District 31 caucus

Republican precinct officials in Indiana House District 31, which includes southwest Wells County, will have a caucus July 30 to fill the unexpired term of Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City.

The caucus will be at 6:30 p.m. at Ivy Tech Community College in Marion.

People interested in running in the caucus should contact the Indiana Republican Party at dzagone@indiana.gop.

Mahan will resign from his seat July 31 because he is moving out of District 31 to take a job with an Indianapolis-area health care provider.

The district includes Blackford County and parts of Wells, Grant and Delaware counties.

All 100 Indiana House seats are up for election in 2020.

Dave Gong of The Journal Gazette contributed to this report.

To reach Political Notebook by email, contact Brian Francisco at bfrancisco@jg.net or Niki Kelly at nkelly@jg.net. An expanded Political Notebook can be found as a daily blog at www.journalgazette.net/.politicalnotebook.


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