Indiana Star Primary Election–4th District

Published Wednesday 05 of May, 2010

Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star

Secretary of State Todd Rokita will take a fundraising lead and name recognition into the fall race to succeed fellow Republican Steve Buyer in the 4th Congressional District.

Running in a crowded GOP primary, he separated himself from the field.

With 97 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Rokita had 41 percent of
the vote in a 13-candidate field. The 40-year-old Indianapolis resident is
finishing his second four-year term as Indiana secretary of state this

He will face Democrat David Sanders, 49, a Purdue University biologist,
who won his party’s nomination.

Sanders lost to Buyer in 2006, but thinks he can make more headway this year.

“I feel very good about my chances,” Sanders said.

“I think it’s going to be a year when people are seriously considering
whether career politicians are the people they want to vote for.”

Zionsville resident Desma Way, 80, had a tough time choosing a Republican
candidate. But in the end, she tabbed Rokita.

“I couldn’t decide,” Way said, joking: “I guess I’m old and confused.”