Statehouse races taking shape as Smith plans retirement

State Rep. Milo Smith, a Columbus Republican, is announcing his retirement from the Indiana House.

Smith has served six terms in the statehouse. He was most recently in the news for a plan to require the Colts to offer refunds to any game attendees offended by players taking a knee during the National Anthem. Our news-gathering partners at The Republic are reporting that Smith will not seek re-election.

Former Bartholomew County Councilman Ryan Lauer, also a Republican from Columbus, has filed to run for the District 59 house seat.

State Rep, Jim Lucas, a Seymour Republican who represents part of southern Bartholomew County in Indiana House District 69, is facing a primary challenger. Lucas filed for re-election yesterday.

Lucas has advanced some controversial measures, including legalizing medical marijuana, licensing journalists and pushing to make Indiana a “constitutional carry” state for firearms.

Lucas is facing a primary challenger in Charles Johnson. Whoever wins the Republican nomination will face competition in the general election, as Steve Schoettmer filed to run for the seat as a Democrat.

Potential candidates for elected office have until Feb 9th to file in their county clerk’s office or at the statehouse for state level candidates.