TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Republican Ron Alting will serve another term as District 22 State Senator after he defeated Democrat Sherry Shipley with about 55 percent of the vote.
Alting was first elected to the state senate in 1998. He has won Senator of the year 7 times. He currently sits as the chair of the public policy committee.
He celebrated his win with his wife and other supporters at the County Building watch party.
Alting says he will focus on education, job growth, anti-drug legislation, and veteran support. Click here to learn more about his platform.
"I'm there for the right reasons," he said. "You see less and less of that across Indiana and the nation. You shouldn't be there for front page headlines, you shouldn't be there for power or ego. You should be there as a public servant, serving the people."
He also said he prides himself on running a positive and non-attacking campaign towards his opponent.
When asked about a hate crime bill next session in a putt-putt debate, Alting said he hopes to pass a version of the hate crime bill he's been co-authoring for the past 10 years.
District 22 includes many parts of Tippecanoe County.
Alting had 10,378 total votes. Shipley had 8,795.