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We want our elected leaders in the highest possible offices to know who we are, where we're located and what we need as a collective Northwest Indiana community.

For those reasons, U.S. House Rep. Todd Rokita, a Munster native, is the best choice for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.

Region residents voting in the Republican primary Tuesday should be selecting his name in the poll booths.

We endorse Rokita and his fighting style, seeing it as the best path for Northwest Indiana success out of the three Republican contenders vying to face U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly in the November election.

Incumbent Donnelly is running unopposed in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat.

For our Region, Rokita has a clear edge over the other two GOP candidates, Congressman Luke Messer, of Greensburg, and former Indiana House Rep. Mike Braun, of Jasper.

Rokita's ties to Munster and the local Republican organizations are strong.

He understands the nuances of Region economic needs and potential, and he's distinguished himself as a fighter for things he believes in most strongly.

We also appreciate the bipartisan work and attention to Region needs displayed by incumbent Sen. Donnelly, including his ardent support for South Shore Line commuter rail expansion.

A November election pitting Republican Rokita against Democrat Donnelly gives Northwest Indiana the best shot for strong advocacy in the U.S. Senate.

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Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Editor Marc Chase, Deputy Editor Kerry Erickson, Assistant Local News Editor Crista Zivanovic and Regional News Editor Sharon Ross.