Second Republican Announces State Senate Run
By Mike Perleberg
(Richmond, Ind.) – A second candidate has entered the race for Indiana State Senate District 24 in 2014.
Senator Allen Paul (R-Richmond) has served 27 years representing the district, but announced in October that he will not seek re-election next year. Paul said he wants to focus his time on new endeavors and his family.
On Thursday, Richmond City Councilman Bruce Wissel announced his intentions to run in the May Republican primary for the Senate District 24 nomination.
“First I would like to thank Senator Paul for his 28 years of dedicated service to the citizens of the district and I hope I can continue the same quality of representation,” Wissel said. “I think I can make a difference.”
Wissel has served five terms on Richmond City Council, has worked 36 years in the insurance industry, and is a former employee of the Indiana General Assembly, working for the House of Representatives while he was a political science major at Indiana University.
“My experience in the legislative end of government has given me the knowledge, experience, and disposition to be an effective legislator,” he said.
Wissel is the second candidate in the Republican primary. Former Wayne County commissioner Doug Williamson announced last month he will run.
Senate District 27 includes all or parts of Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Randolph, Union, and Wayne counties.