INDIANAPOLIS – An unexpected victory by a Republican newcomer in the 81st House District on Tuesday night likely ended the 36-year political career of Rep. Win Moses, D-Fort Wayne.
“I was shocked,” he said Wednesday morning after a trying night of waiting for results.
Martin Carbaugh, 32, polished off Moses pretty decisively in the race, ending with almost 52 percent of the vote in the three-way race.
“I’m honored that I was chosen by the people of the district,” Carbaugh said. “I know it but I haven’t fully comprehended the scope of it yet. I was born weeks before (Moses) was elected mayor. He started in politics eight years before I was born. That is hard for me to comprehend.”
Moses, 69, first served on the Fort Wayne City Council in the 1970s before being elected as Fort Wayne mayor in 1980. He was embroiled in a campaign finance scandal while mayor but came back to politics when elected to the Indiana House in 1992.
In the House, he has focused in recent years on local government and utility regulation issues.
Moses said voters likely did him a favor, noting the anger and partisanship in recent years in the Indiana House has not been comfortable. And now Republicans have a supermajority in the chamber.
“I think I can better spend my time on the outside of politics. This would have been my last term. It’s time to look at other ways to serve the community,” Moses said.
“I’m a very happy man. I’ve had a great career serving wonderful people. I will still involved in whatever way makes sense.”
Both Carbaugh and Moses pointed to the newly-redrawn district as a major factor in the race, as well as Moses’ involving in the 2011 walkout to Illinois.
Niki Kelly is Statehouse Bureau chief of The Journal Gazette.