May 3, 2022

Democrat Hunley will face Republican Shearin for State Senate seat 46 in November

Andrea Hunley won the State Senate District 46 Democratic primary Tuesday.

Andrea Hunley won the State Senate District 46 Democratic primary Tuesday.

Andrea Hunley won the Democratic nomination for the new State Senate District 46 seat with 44 percent of the vote.  She beat four other candidates in Tuesday’s primary election and will face Republican Evan Shearin this fall; he ran unopposed.

Hunley is an educator and current Indianapolis Public Schools principal. She declared victory in an online message.

“Ya’ll we made history today electing the first Black Senator for District 46,” she said.

In answer to questions from WFYI Hunley said affordable housing and health care were top issues for voters she talked to.

District 46 was created last year, through the state’s redistricting process. The Indianapolis seat represents parts of the city’s westside, eastside, southside and downtown.

City-County Councilor Kristin Jones had the party endorsement, but finished in second with just 26 percent of the vote.

The other Democrats in the primary were:

  • Nonprofit leader Ashley Eason
  • Marion County Prosecutor's Office Community Outreach Director Karla Lopez Owens
  • Paralegal Bobby Kern

Republican Evan Shearin ran uncontested.  He is a consultant and Navy veteran. Indiana’s General Election is Nov. 8.

Contact WFYI city government and policy reporter Jill Sheridan at jsheridan@wfyi.org. Follow on Twitter: @JillASheridan.

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