Two announce they are seeking GOP nomination for District 73

Two people have announced they will seek the Republican nomination for the open House District 73 seat.

Newly redistricted districts mean District 73 now includes portions of Bartholomew, Decatur, Jennings and Shelby counties.

Bob Carmony, Shelbyville, announced he will seek the GOP nomination. A Shelby County native, he has served as a Shelby County councilman for 12 years and is a past council president.

He is the former manager of Carmony Ewing Funeral Homes in Shelbyville, served as director of marketing for Major Health Partners and is now the director of business development for Runnebohm Construction, Shelbyville.

He has volunteered as past president of Mainstreet Shelbyville, St. Joseph Catholic Church parish council president, Shelby Arts Council past president, Shelby Senior Services Advisory Board, Shelby County Cancer Association, Shelby County Christian Men’s Ministry, Shelby County Sheriffs Merit Board and Knights of Columbus Council 822.

He graduated from Shelbyville High School and Franklin College and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science/Xavier University.

Republican Jennifer Meltzer, Shelbyville City Attorney and former Indiana Deputy Attorney General, has also announced her candidacy for the House District 73 seat.

Meltzer has served as the secretary of the Shelby County Republican Central Committee since 2017. She serves as vice president of Coulston Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization, as a Girl Scout leader, and a board member of the Shelby County Youth Assistance Program.

A recently completed caucus for the House seat resulted in the son of the late Rep. Steve Davisson now completing the term of his father in District 73.

J. Michael Davisson is taking his father’s seat after the caucus, which currently represents Washington County, as well as portions of Jackson, Orange, Lawrence, Clark and Harrison counties, the district boundaries before redistricting.

Rep. J. Michael Davisson’s term runs until November 2022 when the regularly scheduled general election will be held using the newly drawn legislative maps, GOP leaders said.