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Joseph Van Wye

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Joseph Van Wye
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Former candidate for
Indiana House of Representatives, District 66
High schoolMadison Consolidated High School
Associate'sIvy Technical College
Place of birthCarrollton, Kentucky
ProfessionElectronics Service Repair
(timed out) Campaign website
Joseph S. "Joe" Van Wye, Sr. was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 66 of the Indiana House of Representatives. He ran unsuccessfully for the 6th Congressional District of Indiana in 2012.


Campaign themes


Van Wye's website highlighted the following campaign themes:


I believe marriage should be between a man and a women. Marriage should not be redefined into something different than what it has been for thousands of years. I support HJR-3

Second Amendment

I believe in the right to bear arms and will oppose any legislation that will make it harder for any law abiding citizen to own guns.


I have no problem with legal immigration. When people go through the proper steps they should be considered and granted citizenship. When people break our laws and come into our country illegally, they should be subject to our immigration laws. Amnesty is not fair to the people who went through the naturalization process.

Right to Life

I believe that life begins at conception. I do not support any taxpayer funding of abortions, and I support the Hyde Amendment.[1][2]


Van Wye's professional experience includes serving televisions, satellite systems and computers. He was born in Carrollton, Kentucky, in 1964 and grew up in Madison, Indiana.[3]



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Indiana House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Incumbent Terry Goodin was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Lisa Seng Shadday defeated Ronald "Ron" Harsin and Joe Van Wye, Sr. in the Republican primary. Goodin defeated Shadday in the general election.[4][5]

Indiana House of Representatives 66, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Goodin Incumbent 59% 10,882
     Republican Lisa Seng Shadday 41% 7,566
Total Votes 18,448

Indiana House of Representatives, District 66 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Seng Shadday 62.4% 1,737
Ronald Harsin 30.4% 847
Joseph Van Wye 7.2% 200
Total Votes 2,784


See also: Indiana's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Van Wye ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Indiana's 6th District. Van Wye and four other candidates lost to Luke Messer in the May 8 Republican primary.[6]

U.S. House, Indiana District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLuke Messer 41.7% 32,859
Don Bates, Jr. 13.8% 10,913
Bill Frazier 10.7% 8,446
Travis Hankins 29.5% 23,276
Joseph Van Wye 1.3% 989
Joe Sizemore 3% 2,346
Total Votes 78,829

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