Profiling the Candidates for House District 84
House District 84 is currently represented by State Representative Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne). The district is located inside Allen County and encompasses primarily the northeast side of Fort Wayne. The district is reliably Republican. Current representative Morris came into office in 2010 when he won the caucus to replace Randy Borror who had resigned. This year will be the first time Morris faces a primary challenger in Fort Wayne attorney Michael Barranda. There were other rumored candidates, but when the filing deadline passed only Morris and Barranda had filed.
Rep. Morris currently holds this seat and enjoys the benefits of being the incumbent. I am rating the Morris campaign as a warning. While voters are used to seeing his name on the ballot, this is the first time he has a primary opponent. To date, the presence of his campaign activity has not been highly visible. Morris has been a reliable conservative in the State House. However, he did receive a great deal of negative attention when he opposed a resolution honoring the Girl Scouts. The question is will Republican voters look to keep him, or will the negative press he received be enough for Republican voters to look another direction? Read the full profile here.
Barranda is the only challenger in this race. I am rating his campaign as good. Barranda has received endorsements from several high-profile business and civic leaders in Fort Wayne. While campaign finance reports will tell the final story, his fundraising activity appears to be going well. His campaign has been active on the grass roots level in raising his name recognition within the district. He has also received the endorsement of Fort Wayne businessman, Mark Hagar, who had considered running in this race. While he is the challenger in this race, the Barranda campaign appears to be on track and doing all of the right things that it would take to upset an incumbent. Read the full profile here.