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Ripley County’s McDonald Files For Senate District 43

Posted On February 07, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – It’s quickly becoming a crowded field for the local seat in the Indiana Senate.

Longtime State Senator Johnny Nugent (R-Lawrenceburg) announced in December that he will not seek re-election in Senate District 43.

Ripley County Councilman Bill McDonald is expected to announce Monday that he is joining two other Republicans running for the statehouse position. He has already filed, according to the Indiana Secretary of State’s Election Division.

“After careful consideration with my family and close friends, I have decided to run for the Indiana State Senate District 43,” McDonald said in his announcement. “I look forward to bringing my local knowledge and experience to the Indiana State House. I look forward to ‘working to make a difference’ by fostering economic development and educational opportunities for the prosperity of all our counties.”

His formal announcement will take place at 1:00 p.m. Monday at the Ripley County Courthouse Annex, 102 West First North Street, in Versailles.

McDonald has some political experience, having successfully run for county council. He has also been involved in the Indiana Knights of Columbus, Osgood Lions Club, Special Olympics, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the Southeastern Indiana Recycle District.

McDonald will compete in the May Republican primary against Perfect North Slopes owner Chip Perfect and 27-year-old Columbus resident Mark Schneider. Perfect was the first to declare his candidacy, immediately gaining Nugent’s personal endorsement on the Republican ticket.

Rudy Howard is the lone Democrat in District 43. He ran for Dearborn County Clerk of Courts in 2012, losing to Rick Probst.

Candidates for state and local offices in Indiana have up until noon Friday, February 7 to file for election.

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