SENATE DISTRICT 30 (most of Washington Township, parts of Carmel and Fishers in Hamilton County)
This northside race features State Senator Scott Schneider who very impressively won his seat in a vacancy caucus of Republican precinct committeemen in 2009 against then councilor Ryan Vaughn who had the support of virtually every party insider. Schneider is facing newcomer attorney Tim Delaney, whose father, Ed Delaney, is a state representative also from the northside. Fred (F.C.) Peterson, a Libertarian is also running. Peterson's appearance in the race could be critical.
From what I've been told, this is a 50-50 district. I have known Scott Schneider for a number of years. He is a very personable and intelligent candidate, who understands retail politics. Delaney, who is probably in his early 30s (can't find his age on line) but looks younger, may be perceived by voters as a few years away from being ready. I was told once that voters don't take you seriously as a candidate until you have gray hair or are going bald. Delaney is 0 for 2 in that regard.
Libertarian's Peterson's presence though is problematic, especially for Schneider. Republicans unhappy with their nominee often "default" by voting Libertarian. If Peterson pulls in several hundred Republican votes that otherwise would go to Schneider, it might tip the balance to Delaney. Still though, on balance, I am going with Schneider.
SENATE DISTRICT 32: includes the southern part of Warren Township, all of Franklin Township and portions of eastern Center and Perry Townships)
|Senator Pat Miller|
Barnes is a strong candidate. He has been attempting to portray Senator Miller as too conservative for the district. I expect Barnes to come within about 5% or 6% of Miller on election night. This district will likely be even more competitive in 2016 and 2020.
SENATE DISTRICT 35 (includes Speedway, southern Wayne Township, southern 1/3 of Hendricks County including Plainfield and Clayton)
This district features a battle between incumbent and long-time legislator Republican Mike Young and Democratic attorney Mark Waterfill.While the Marion County area of the district is Democratic, the Hendricks County area tips the district to the Republicans.
|Senator R. Michael Young|
I went to junior high with Mark Waterfill down in Madison, Indiana. Our paths crossed at Hanover College to for a year. I also know Senator Mike Young from various campaigns. Senator Young is a very independent-minded Republican with solid conservative credentials. But Young has proven very adept at getting legislation passed to address problems his constituents have or to address wrongs. Senator Young authored the legislation aimed at stopping the Marion County Traffic Court from fining people simply for asking for a trial. He also authored the bill aimed at limiting the abuse of public intoxication law to arrest people who had done nothing wrong but be intoxicated in a public place. He also was author of the legislation dealing with the fallout from the Barnes v. State illegal entry case.
In Waterfill, the Democrats recruited an excellent candidate. Having lived in the Hendricks County portion of the district for years, he may be able to blunt Young's appeal to Republicans in that county. But Young is a smart politico and his involvement in drawing the Senate maps means its unlikely this district is poised for a Democratic pickup. Maybe down the road, but not this year.
SENATE DISTRICT 36: (includes a good chunk of Center Township, Perry Township, and a tiny bit of Johnson County)
Mary Ann Sullivan
SENATE DISTRICT 33 and 34: These Marion County districts are currently held by Democrats Greg Taylor and Jean Breaux respectively. Senator Taylor is opposed by Libertarian Gena Martinez. Senator Breaux's only opposition is an independent write-in candidate Eric "The Nobody" Scott. Senators Taylor and Breaux will be re-elected.