St. John resident Chris Shepherd has announced he will be a Republican candidate for the Indiana state Senate.
Shepherd, 35, who works in Chicago as a civil rights and criminal defense lawyer, will run for the Senate District 6 seat being vacated by Sue Landske after this legislative session.
The district includes Cedar Lake, Lowell, St. John and Winfield, parts of Dyer, Schererville and Crown Point, and all unincorporated south Lake county as well as all of Newton and Benton counties.
State Rep. Rick Niemeyer, a Lowell Republican, announced his bid for that district last month as did Democrat Lon P. Childress, a Lowell Democrat.
Bryan Ciers will run as Republican for Lake County Council District 1, which includes most of Hammond and north Munster. That seat is now held by David Hamm, a Democrat.
Cedar Lake Town Councilman Robert H. "Bob" Carnahan is running for re-election in the Republican primary. Mary Joan Dickson is running as a Democrat for the Hanover Township trustee's office.
Al Cottingham and George M. Brugos Jr., will run as Democrats for the 4th Ward seat on the Lowell Town Council.