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GOP incumbent, ex-mayor to face off in House race

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The race for a U.S. House seat in the district that includes Johnson County is set — a Republican incumbent will be trying for his third term against a Democrat who previously served as a mayor and state representative.

Todd Young easily won his party’s nomination for the seat he holds. He defeated challengers Kathy Lowe-Heil, a former restaurant manager and hospital worker, and contractor and homebuilder Mark Jones.

In a four-way race for the Democratic nomination, Bill Bailey clinched the party selection, beating James McClure, J.S. Miller and Bill Thomas.

Those candidates will face off in the fall to represent the 9th District, which includes all of Johnson County and areas of the state south to the Ohio River, including the cities of Bloomington, Martinsville, Seymour, Bedford and Clarksville.

The 9th District representative serves in Washington as one of 435 lawmakers in the House of Representatives and will propose and vote on legislation affecting the entire nation. Representatives are paid $174,000 per year and serve a two-year term.

In Johnson County, voters overwhelmingly supported Young for another term with 75 percent of the vote.

Young said he’s worked to create jobs, simplify tax rules, reduce regulations and fought against parts of national health care reform and he’ll continue doing so if re-elected.

“That’s a record that has clearly resonated with voters today and a message that we’ll continue to carry into November,” Young said in a news release.

Voters who cast Democrat ballots in the county chose Bailey as their top candidate, with 35 percent selecting him in the four-way race. Bailey also collected the most votes in other counties throughout the district. Bailey most recently retired from leading the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce. He served as a state representative for 10 years and has served as mayor and a city council member in Seymour.

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