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JG Coverage of House District 82

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's Nikki Kelly spent time learning about the three Democratic candidates for the new House District 82.


Rinehart, 51, compares that part-time wage to the fact that three ZIP codes in the district have a median household income of less than $25,000, which is below the federal poverty line. The single mother who at one point lived in subsidized housing wants to represent those who are marginalized.

“I very much can relate to the 1-in-3 who are struggling in Allen County,” she said. “I don't think we have a lot of critical thinking in the Statehouse. That is my skill set.”

The cultural anthropologist's top issues include access to health care as well as affordable and stable housing. She noted, for instance, that empty strip malls can be renovated into transitional housing.

Rinehart hopes to be the first Democratic woman from Fort Wayne to be sent to the legislature.


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