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Michael Aylesworth

Michael Aylesworth

State Rep. Michael Aylesworth led Democratic challenger Delano Scaife in early voting results Tuesday night for the 11th House District.

Aylesworth, a Republican from Hebron, hopes to serve a third term representing constituents in Cedar Lake, Lowell, Schneider and much of rural south Lake and Porter counties in the General Assembly.

Aylesworth said he was feeling pretty good about his chances Tuesday night. He led Scaife in Lake County's early and absentee voting about 60 percent to 40 percent. Porter County numbers were not available. 

“That's about where I thought I would end up in Lake County,” he said. “I think I'll do a little better in Porter County.”

Aylesworth said he expected to be up watching results until midnight.

Aylesworth is a U.S. Army veteran who retired from Iroquois Bio Energy Co., a company he founded in April 2002. He is the past president of the Indiana Corn Growers Association State and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council State. He previously served two terms as Porter County commissioner and one term as the county's councilman.

Aylesworth was first elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2014, defeating Democrat James Metro. He bested Metro again in 2016.

Scaife is a Kouts resident and corrections officer in the Lake County Jail.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.