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Joe Schomburg

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Age: 28

Occupation: Student

Education: Bachelor's in nursing from New York University; currently pursuing a master's in nursing administration from Duke University via online classes

Political experience: This is Schomburg's first race

Family: Single

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 11:00 am

Joe Schomburg is the youngest of 15 Republicans who want to replace former U.S. Rep. Mark Souder on ballots this fall, but he brings a deep political pedigree to the race.

His grandfather, the late Roy Schomburg, represented the city's 3rd District on Fort Wayne City Council from 1980 to 1984. His uncle, Matt Schomburg, was Wayne Township trustee from 1999 to 2007. His maternal grandfather, Sam Talarico, also was a city councilman, from 1972 to 1996, and Schomburg's uncle, Sam Talarico Jr., was a councilman from 2000 to 2008.

Even though Schomburg grew up admiring both his grandfathers, he hasn't pursued politics until now. After he decided he wanted to pursue a profession, he entered nursing school and is now taking classes to help him prepare to become a nursing administrator.

Schomburg suggested that if the government wants to spend stimulus dollars, it should hire more teachers.

He is wary of the package of health care reform enacted this year, because it doesn't fairly account for costs health care providers incur.

The most dramatic change he advocates is the “Fair Tax,” a national sales tax that would replace income taxes and other federal taxes.