INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer said Monday that a caucus of eligible precinct committee members to fill the upcoming vacancy in the office of Senate District 18 has been set. Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) resigned from the Indiana Senate effective Monday to become Chief Deputy Prosecutor for Pulaski County.
According to a press release, the caucus will be held at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at the Miami County 4-H Community Building, which is located at 1029 W. 200 N. in Peru. The individual selected at the caucus will fill the remainder of Head's term.
"Senator Head's service will be greatly missed both at the Statehouse and across Cass, Fulton, Miami, Carroll, Kosciusko and Marshall counties," said Hupfer in the press release. "He's been a leader on criminal justice issues — especially when it comes to protecting children — and attacking Indiana's drug epidemic."
Individuals interested in running in the caucus should contact the Indiana Republican Party Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure they file the proper forms prior to the deadline, which is 72 hours prior to the vote according to the release.
A Facebook Live Stream will be available at www.facebook.com/indgop for members of the public who wish to watch the caucus live. More details regarding caucus procedures and candidates will be released after the filing deadline.
So far, two area Republicans have announced their intention to run as Head's replacement.
Jake Adams (R-Flora), is currently a Flora town councilman who served nine years on active duty with the Marine Corps from 2005-2014. He grew up in Delphi and now lives in Flora with his wife of 11 years and three children. Adams currently works for Ivy Tech Kokomo as a workforce and community development consultant in addition to operating his own digital marketing company. He also currently sits on the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Chamber Council, the community advisory panel for NIPSCO and has plans to join the Miami County Chamber of Commerce Board in the next month. He also spent a year and a half as a member of the Indiana Economic Development Association.
Jeffery Staker is a lifelong Hoosier, Marine Corps veteran of 11 years, father, husband and leading advocate for medical cannabis in Indiana. He’s the founder of Hoosier Veterans for Medical Cannabis (HVMC), a nonprofit organization with the goal of educating and informing the public of a beneficial alternative to combating the opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S. and Indiana. For the past 22 years, he has worked at Grissom Air Reserve Base as a security officer and firefighter. He is longtime member of the VFW, American Legion, AMVETS and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and is currently the Post Judge Advocate and Trustee for VFW Post 2067 in Peru and was formerly assistant Chaplin where he visits with sick and ailing veterans.
District 18 serves Cass, Fulton and Miami Counties and portions of Carroll, Kosciusko and Marshall counties.