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Leavenworth's Arnold gets GOP nod


July 18, 2012
Lloyd Arnold Jr., of Leavenworth, is the Republican candidate for District 74 state representative, after he collected 74 percent of the vote at a caucus of precinct committeemen Thursday evening.

Arnold, 38, fills the vacancy created when incumbent Sue Ellspermann was tabbed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence to be his running mate.

Challenged by another Crawford Countian, attorney Justin Mills, of Marengo, Arnold received 37 of the 50 votes cast. Sixty-eight precinct committeemen were eligible to participate in the caucus, which was held at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School in Leopold.

After being introduced — Arnold by Crawford County Councilman Steve Bartels and Mills by Crawford County District 1 Commissioner Daniel Crecelius, who also is the county's Republican party vice chair — both candidates gave three-minute speeches.

The process really began much earlier, Arnold said. He said he visited as many of the precinct committeemen as possible in District 74, which, once the redrawn district takes effect in January, will include all of Crawford and Perry counties and parts of Dubois, Orange and Spencer counties.

"I think that's what really helped me," he said.

He added that, although he lives in Crawford County, he has ties to the rest of the district, having graduated from Perry Central, where his father was an elementary school teacher.

Arnold said he became involved in politics after serving with the Army in Iraq in 2003. He considered an earlier run for District 73 state representative but opted not to as Crawford County's Dennie Oxley held the office.

However, with Crawford County now to be part of District 74 and Ellspermann announcing her candidacy for lieutenant governor, he decided now was the time to run.

Arnold is the owner of Servpro of Dubois, Warrick and Spencer counties. The business also serves Crawford County.

He and his wife, Jody, have four sons.

He is opposed by Mike Schriefer, a retired educator from Spencer County. Schriefer was unopposed in the Democratic primary in May.

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