By Steve Garbacz
ALBION — With a fiancee residing in central Indiana and the possibility of a new job leading the state’s utility commission, State Rep. Dave Ober announced last month he won’t seek re-election to his legislative seat.
Ober, R-Albion, has represented District 82 since 2012. The district covers all of Noble County as well as Jefferson Township in LaGrange County, York Township in ElkhartCounty,Smith Township in Whitley County and Eel River and Lake townships in northwest Allen County.
The district is heavily rural and skews conservative, with Ober winning re-election for his two most recent terms by approximately a 75-25 margin over Democratic challengers.
Ober said he made the decision not to run again because of changes in his personal life.
The first is that Ober is in the running to become the next commissioner of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, which has its office in Indianapolis.
Ober said he wanted to make the announcement now while there is still time for Republicans to run in the upcoming primary and for voters to have a choice in who they pick as their Republican nominee instead of having someone slated via a party caucus. Candidate filing for the primary closes on Feb. 9 at noon.
Republicans will now search for a successor to fill Ober’s place on the ballot. Noble County Republican Party Chairman Seth Tipton said it’s too early to tell who will file to run, but he knows one person who isn’t going to put his name in – him.