2nd hopeful joins race to replace Long
Another candidate has jumped in the race to replace Sen. David Long, R-Fort Wayne.
Tom Rhoades announced he will seek to represent Senate District 16 in a caucus this year.
He will face Allen County Councilman Justin Busch. Busch has already lined up significant endorsements from political insiders. Others can still enter the race. No date for the caucus has been set.
Long is resigning after Election Day, and local precinct men and women will choose his successor. The Senate term runs through 2020.
“The departure of Senator Long leaves a significant void in the Indiana State Senate and in the representation of this district,” Rhoades said.
“It’s important that the next senator knows the people of this district and the issues that are important to them. I have built a career of serving this community. I look forward to continuing that service.”
Rhoades has been an Allen County resident more than 25 years. The chief of police and corporate director of public safety and emergency preparedness for Parkview Health, he has nearly 30 years of law enforcement and security experience.
Before working at Parkview, Rhoades was a captain with the Fort Wayne Police Department, overseeing the creation of the Office of Professional Standards Unit and the Fort Wayne Police Academy. He was also the department’s public information officer.
Rhoades was elected to the Southwest Allen County Schools board in 2014 and currently serves as the vice president.