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5 Democrats are running for a Senate seat in the newly created Indiana Senate District 46 in Indiana’s Primary Election on May 3, 2022. Ashley Eason and Karla Lopez-Owens are the first of 5 candidates to join Open Lines with Cameron Ridle for a live interview.

The Indianapolis Star describes the 5 candidates this way:

  • Andrea Hunley: Indianapolis Public School principal enters the race as a political newcomer, having spent 10 years leading the Center for Inquiry School 2, which she says serves families throughout the district.



  • Karla Lopez-Owens: An employee with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, is perhaps among the more progressive candidates in the field. She unsuccessfully sought the vacant District 12 council seat in 2020 against a mayor-backed opponent, and has since called for better representation in an increasingly diversifying city.


  • Kristin Jones: City-county councilor Kristin Jones, the only candidate to seek the Marion County Democratic Party’s endorsement, leads the way in fundraising with $75,109 in cash left to spend at the end of 2021. She’s also racked up endorsements from a number of labor groups, and won support from the American Federation of Teachers over one opponent who is a long-time educator.


  • Bob Kern: Has made national and local headlines for a checkered past — including his attempts to run for Congressional seats while also having a felony record and his reputation from impersonating a female judge.

“Open Lines with Cameron Ridle” airs Sunday Mornings at 8AM on HOT 96.3 and 106.7 WTLC Indianapolis.

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