INDIANAPOLIS — The contest between state Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Crown Point, and Democrat Lisa Beck to represent Indiana House District 19 was too close to call as this edition of The Times went to press late Tuesday night.
Beck appeared to have a slight lead with less than half the vote counted in Lake County. But voting issues in Porter County delayed the results from several key precincts in the district that have proven decisive in past elections.
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Beck, an attorney who lives near Lakes of the Four Seasons, focused her campaign on securing high wage jobs for Hoosiers, equal pay for women, anti-discrimination protections, well-funded public schools, more tools to combat the opioid epidemic and nonpartisan legislative redistricting.
While Olthoff ran for a third term on her legislative record, which includes increased state funding for roads and bridges, more money for public education and greater financial support for domestic violence assistance and sexual assault prevention programs.