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By Marilyn Odendahl

The Indiana Citizen

October 3, 2023

A Republican caucus has been set to fill the vacancy created by the death of Sen. Jack Sandlin, R-Indianapolis, and serve the remainder of his term through 2024.

The Indiana Republican Party said the caucus for Senate District 36 will start at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Atrium Banquet and Conference Center, 3143 E. Thompson Road in Indianapolis. Eligible precinct committee members will vote on Sandlin’s replacement from a list of candidates.

Senate District 36 includes portions of southern Marion County and northern Johnson County.

Individuals interested in running in the caucus should file the proper form no later than 72 hours before the vote. For more information, contact the secretary of the Indiana Republican Party.

Sandlin, who died unexpectedly Sept. 20, was first elected to the Indiana General Assembly in 2016 and reelected in 2020. He spent much of his professional life in public service, serving more than 23 years with the Indianapolis Police Department, interrupted by a brief stint in the U.S. Army. After retirement from law enforcement, he served as Perry Township Trustee, before being elected to the Indianapolis City-County Council in 2010.

Indiana leaders applauded Sandlin’s dedication and work in the public sector.

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush called Sandlin a “valuable partner” to the judicial branch.

“He used his wealth of experience to connect legislative, executive, and judicial stakeholders in an immensely important endeavor – developing solutions to mental health and justice needs,” Rush said in a statement.

Sandlin was honored at a memorial service at the Statehouse on Friday.

Dwight Adams, a freelance editor and writer based in Indianapolis, edited this article. He is a former content editor, copy editor and digital producer at The Indianapolis Star and, and worked as a planner for other newspapers, including the Louisville Courier Journal. 

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