New leader to represent county spot for first time in two decades

For the first time in 20 years, residents in southern and western parts of Johnson County will have a new representative in the Indiana House.

Ralph Foley, R-Martinsville, has represented District 47 since 1992. But redistricting changed the district lines, taking out Hendricks County and part of Morgan County. Foley no longer is eligible to run for the seat because he doesn’t live within the new boundaries.

His seat will be filled either by Republican John Price or Democrat Chris Grider.

District 47 now includes Franklin, Union, Needham and Blue River townships and parts of White River and Hensley townships in Johnson County and areas in eastern Morgan County. The seat is one of three contested races that Johnson County voters will help decide.

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