Eric Harris

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Eric Harris
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Candidate for
Indiana State Senate District 8
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Eric Harris was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 8 of the Indiana State Senate. If elected he would become the youngest elected State Senator in Indiana history and the first African American Republican elected to the State Senate of Indiana.[1]

Harris is a former property claims adjuster and attended Indiana University-Bloomington, shortly studying Political Science.[1]

Harris ran for South Bend City Council in 2011 for an At-Large bid. One of three Republicans who lost to three Democrats for the open three seat position, he received 3,756 votes.[1]


Campaign themes


In information submitted to Ballotpedia, Harris said that his political philosophy "is to advocate issues for voters that has been avoided for many years. Improving graduation rates, networking with business leaders to increase infrastructure and keeping individuals involved in the area economic arena accountable for any decision-making that would affect the voters."[1]



See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2012

Harris ran in the 2012 election for Indiana State Senate District 8. Harris defeated Austin Griffin in the May 8 Republican primary[2] and was defeated by incumbent Joe Arnold (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Indiana State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Arnold Incumbent 58.3% 30,777
     Republican Eric Harris 41.7% 22,029
Total Votes 52,806
Indiana State Senate, District 8 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEric Harris 51.9% 4,113
Austin Griffin 48.1% 3,817
Total Votes 7,930

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Harris is 25 years old and resides in South Bend, Indiana.[5]