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State Rep. Ed Soliday

State Rep. Ed Soliday

Editor's note: A previously published headline on this article declared a likely winner in the race. Ballots in this race had not yet been counted as of Wednesday morning.

INDIANAPOLIS — There were not enough votes counted in Porter County at press time to call a winner in the Indiana House District 4 race between State Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, and opponent Democrat Frank Szczepanski.

Soliday was seeking a seventh two-year term to represent central Porter County in the Indiana House.

It's not yet clear whether the veteran lawmaker faced any voter backlash for sponsoring last year's road funding legislation that hiked fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees to pay for state and local transportation infrastructure improvements.

Altogether, the money raised will put about $1 billion a year of new funding into road and bridge construction and maintenance throughout the state.

If Soliday wins, he would remain chairman of the House Roads and Transportation Committee, ensuring that Northwest Indiana's roads, bridges and rails aren't overlooked at the Statehouse.

Soliday also led the effort to dedicate state funding to double-tracking the existing South Shore commuter rail line and building the proposed West Lake extension.

He's expected to continue working with U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, to secure the federal funds needed for construction to begin.

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Statehouse Bureau Chief

Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.