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National political organizations focusing on Northwest Indiana congressional contest

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Campaign organizations affiliated with both major political parties are focusing on Northwest Indiana's U.S. House seat like never before.

U.S. Rep. Frank J. Mrvan, D-Highland, this week was selected for the Frontline program, operated by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), to help get Mrvan the financial and other resources he needs to win a second two-year term representing Lake, Porter and northwest LaPorte counties.

It follows announcements by the National Republican Congressional Committee and other conservative organizations that they're targeting the 1st Congressional District as a potential pickup for Republicans this year.

Records show Indiana's 1st District never has elected a Republican to Congress during the more than nine decades the district has been centered on Northwest Indiana.

Mrvan is optimistic the DCCC assistance will ensure that streak continues when he faces off at the Nov. 8 general election against Republican Jennifer-Ruth Green, of Crown Point.

"I am grateful for their vote of confidence and will continue to be relentless in my focus to be a district-centric member of Congress who prioritizes the kitchen-table challenges from inflation, growing the Northwest Indiana economy and defending our invaluable steel and manufacturing industries," Mrvan said.

In response, Green said the DCCC recognizes Mrvan is vulnerable because he "has voted with Joe Biden on all of his economic policies that have resulted in 8.6% inflation and $5 per gallon of gas."

"National Democrats are terrified because they know the Biden-Mrvan agenda is out of touch with Indiana’s 1st District," Green said.

Republicans also consider Mrvan's seat in play because Mrvan was elected in 2020 with only 56% of the vote, compared to the 65% of district voters who supported former U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, in 2018 against the same GOP opponent, Mark Leyva.

Primary election recap: An indicted sheriff cruises to victory, an incumbent loses and referendums pass

It was a busy night for 2022 primary candidates as election results came in. Catch up on their reactions, the results and more from the May primary election.

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Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. wins Democratic nomination for re-election

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U.S. Rep. Frank J. Mrvan, D-Highland, speaks to supporters at Ciao Bella Tuesday after winning the Democratic nomination for Indiana's 1st Con…

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Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. won Indiana's Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate Tuesday. He will face U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., and Libertarian James Sceniak in the Nov. 8 general election.

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When it comes to the new technological system "Oracle" being used for county finances, John Petalas said he looks forward to the transition.

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Here's a look at early returns for the Porter County Council races. 

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Unofficial vote tallies show Martinez was expected to win his party's nomination following challenges from ex-Gary Police Chief Richard Ligon, sheriff's Officer Maria Trajkovich and Anthony Williams.

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Peggy Holinga-Katona said she looks forward to working alongside John Petalas, who won the nomination for Lake County Treasurer.

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Unofficial results show Jennifer-Ruth Green, of Crown Point, prevailed Tuesday in the Republican primary for U.S. House District 1 over former LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo and five other GOP contenders.

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Cedar Lake Town Council President Randy Niemeyer appears to have defeated Lake County Councilman Christian Jorgensen, R-St. John, in the GOP primary contest for Lake County Council District 7.

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The referendum will institute a tax increase estimated at $0.3294 per $100 of assessed value. 

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Both Sue Neff and Becky Gesse Harper are employed in the assessor’s office and were looking to succeed their boss, Jon Snyder.

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Five individuals were on the ballot for Lake County clerk. 

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Unofficial results show Pete Lindemulder, of Schererville, prevailed Tuesday in the GOP contest over Tony Ferraro, also of Schererville in the Republican primary for Lake County Council District 4.

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Barb Regnitz is a retired financial adviser. Prior that that, she was a software engineer and project manager, most of that time for United Airlines.

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Winfield voters chose Zachary Beaver, Michael Lambert, Louie Gonzalez and Sara Kubik to more on to the runoff General Election.

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State Sen. Michael Griffin, D-Highland, will get a shot at winning a four-year term in the Indiana Senate in his own right.

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Unofficial results showed that incumbent Kevin Connelly has won the Schererville ward 2 Town Council primary.

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Trustee Kimberly "Kim" K. Robinson won a three-way race for the office in 2018 with 59% of the vote, 

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State Sen. Rodney Pol, D-Chesterton, appears to have triumphed over three opponents to claim the Democratic nomination in Indiana Senate District 4.

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VALPARAISO — Results late Tuesday showed school referendum supporters ahead of opponents with votes still to be counted. 

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Check out a list of local election results from the 2022 May primary.

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"It's not dead," a Valparaiso poll worker said. But, "It's not like a general election (with voters) outside the door."

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Turnout was slow across much of Northwest Indiana, which poll workers said is typical for an off-year primary election.

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