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home : news : local news September 20, 2017

9/7/2017 8:27:00 AM
Spartz to Senate
Victoria Spartz
Victoria Spartz
By Kevin Thompkins

Ukrainian-born Victoria Spartz was elected to replace State Sen. Luke Kenley Wednesday.

Spartz, 38 of Noblesville, won on the sixth ballot of District 20 precinct committeemen, during a caucus at Ivy Tech Community College, Noblesville campus. She received 54 of 93 votes cast on the sixth ballot to defeat Megan Wiles, Noblesville City Council president.

"I am so honored. It really shows what a strong Republican Party we have. We're going to show everybody what the Republican Party is all about," Spartz said.

Spartz spent her career in various financial leadership positions working with Fortune 200 companies and Big 4 public accounting firms throughout the U.S. including in Indiana. She currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Indiana Office of Attorney General.

She has been a volunteer, coordinator, President of the Hamilton County Federated Republican Women and Vice-Chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party. Victoria currently sits on the 5th Congressional District Republican Central Committee.

Joe Morris was dropped from the ballot after receiving 1 vote in the first round of voting, Dan Schmidt was eliminated on the second ballot. Brad Beaver was dropped from the fourth ballot, and Sue Finkam was eliminated from the fifth ballot.

Kenley announced retirement from the Indiana Senate in July. His last day as a senator will be Sept. 30, after serving Senate District 20 since 1992.

Since 2009, he has chaired the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Kenley has represented Senate District 20, which currently includes portions of Hamilton County and has previously included portions of Grant, Howard, Madison and Tipton counties, since 1992.

Prior to his time in the Senate, he served 15 years as a Noblesville city court judge and two-and-a-half years in the United States Army.

He helped lead efforts in 2003 to eliminate the state's inventory tax and sponsored legislation in 2013 to do away with the state's inheritance tax.

In 2008 and 2010, Kenley led the legislative effort to permanently cap property taxes.

In 2005, Kenley sponsored legislation that led to the construction of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

In 2006, Kenley sponsored legislation that created a tax credit of up to $1,000 for contributions to Indiana's College Choice 529 Direct Savings Plan.

During his tenure, Kenley also helped reform Indiana's Community Transition Program, which helps offenders successfully reenter society following their incarceration. More than 25,000 offenders have participated in the program since it was created in 1999.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Article comment by: Jim Rollison

That's something you email privately to the editor, sir. Otherwise, you look like a sore loser.

Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Article comment by: Mark Hall

You forgot me.... I made it to the final three -

Beaver went out in round three, Finkam in the forth round and I was eliminated in the fifth.

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