Profiling the Candidates for Senate District 15
Senate District 15 has been represented in the state legislature by Senator Tom Wyss (R-Huntertown) for almost three decades. In that time he has weathered some challenges in general elections but the swing nature of this district has been overlooked by the strength of Wyss’ past campaigns.
Now that Sen. Wyss has decided not to run for reelection, a strong crop of candidates have emerged for the Republican nomination to Senate District 15. While the filing period has not closed, it is safe to say that there are no other serious candidates considering this race and that the folks who have stepped in promise to make it one of the mostly hotly contested races in the state this spring.
This piece will debut the Hoosier Access Power Meter, a tool we use to assess the performance of individual campaigns over the course of time. We do not aim to “pick a winner” at any stage of the race, but use our experience from the field to share our perspective on how the campaigns are performing. Below you’ll find our ratings for each of the races considering a number of factors, including campaign finance reports, organization, candidate strengths and weaknesses and opportunities and threats to the campaigns and how they deal with them. These meter ratings will change over time, but we’ll adjust the ratings accordingly and update you as to why we’re doing so.
Below you’ll find links to our analysis of each of the candidates in the race. You can see all the candidates’ we’ve covered on our Hoosier Access Power Meter page. Here are the candidates in alphabetical order, with their ratings:
|At this point it seems like everything is in full swing for the Brown campaign. I am rating the Brown campaign in good working order. Once the campaign finance reports are available I may reevaluate, because while consultants can help, they can also burn dollars quickly. Otherwise her campaign seems in good working order and well-positioned in what will be a challenging campaign. Read the full profile here.|
|Fries says, “Good is never good enough. That is what we have taught our children and that is the creed by which I live. What we have done well today, we can do better tomorrow – and never stop improving.” I have given his campaign a “low” Hoosier Access Power Meter rating because of his slow start. While this isn’t a measurement of what to expect during the election, it’s a reflection of where his campaign stands now. Given his personal motto, there is little doubt that Fries will get his campaign rolling and this rating will likely change once that happens. Read the full profile here.|
|I have given Snyder’s campaign a “good” rating on the Hoosier Access Power Meter because he seems to be doing what he needs to get his campaign organized. Campaign finance reports may influence this rating, but he’s definitely headed in the right direction and could be an interesting wild card in what is sure to be one of the most highly contested races in Indiana this spring. Read the full profile here.|
|I have given Vogt’s campaign a “good” rating in spite of its early exuberance. Vogt has experience winning elections and had the sense to bring in help to get organized and manage his campaign. As a result of his early organizational efforts, his campaign finance report could set him apart from other candidates in the race so I expect to revise this rating once they become available.Read the full profile here.|
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