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UPDATE: Two more candidates join race for Kenley's Senate seat

July 14, 2017

UPDATE: Victoria Spartz, chief financial officer for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, announced Friday that she will join the race for the District 20 Senate seat. 

Spartz, a native of Ukraine and a Noblesville resident, is also an adjunct faculty member at the IU Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis and has served as the vice chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party. 

She said she wants to unify Republicans, lower taxes and promote limited government.

Original blog entry:

Another Hamilton County politician has joined the race to replace retiring state Sen. Luke Kenley.

finkham mugSue Finkham

Carmel City Council President Sue Finkam announced Wednesday that she will run in the upcoming Republican caucus for the District 20 seat, which covers the northeast side of Carmel, Noblesville and Westfield.

“After speaking with local business and community leaders, it is readily apparent they are looking for a champion who will lead with a laser-like focus to advance the interests of the four unique, fast-growing Hamilton County communities that make up this district,” Finkam said in a prepared statement. “I will listen, learn and work tirelessly around the clock to ensure local needs are put first.”

Finkam, director of external engagement for the Indiana Donor Network, is serving her second term on Carmel City Council. During her time on the council, she has repeatedly supported Mayor Jim Brainard’s redevelopment projects and the debt to finance those initiatives.

She is also chair of Carmel PorchFest, vice chair of Invest Hamilton County and chair of the public relations committee for the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations.

Noblesville City Council President Megan Wiles announced on Monday that she will run for Kenley’s seat, and businessman Scott Willis is also considering throwing his name in.

Willis unsuccessfully ran against Kenley in 2016. Kenley already has thrown his support behind Wiles.

A date for the caucus has not been determined.

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