Tom Rhoades wants to succeed State Sen. David Long

Tom Rhoades

Twenty-five year Allen County resident Tom Rhoades will seek the 16th District State Senate job now held by the retiring President Pro Tem David Long of Fort Wayne.

“The departure of Sen. Long leaves a significant void in the Indiana State Senate and in the representation of this district,” Rhoades said in a statement. “It’s important that the next Senator knows the people of this district and the issues that are important to them. I have built a career of serving this community. I look forward to continuing that service.”

Rhoades, who currently serves as chief of police and corporate director of public safety and emergency preparedness for Parkview Health, has nearly 30 years of law enforcement and security experience. Prior to his service at Parkview, Rhoades served as captain with the Fort Wayne Police Department, overseeing the creation of the Office of Professional Standards Unit and the Ft. Wayne Police Academy. Rhoades also served as the public information officer for the department. Rhoades was elected to the Board of Trustees for MSD Southwest Allen County Schools in 2014 and currently serves as the vice president.

Allen County Councilman Justin Busch, who has been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, Sen. Todd Young and others, previously announced his candidacy in the still-unscheduled Republican caucus to fill Long’s unexpired term.


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