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GOP Challenges 3 Democrat Held County Council Seats

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The St. Joseph County Republican Party announced 3 different candidates who are challenging Democrat controlled County Council seats. The party held a press conference at the County City Building this morning to introduce the candidates.

Amy Drake, 45, is challenging Corey Noland in District B.

Drake is a former journalist and speech writer. She graduated from Marquette University in 1998. She has written for newspapers in multiple states. She also worked as a speech writer for the Speaker of the US House of Representatives in 1999-2000. She is married with 7 children.

“I left my job in Congress to raise my family. Now that my kids are getting older, I am ready to get back into politics to make a positive impact on my community.” Drake told REAL News Michiana.

Terry Demaegd, 72, is challenging Joseph Canarecci in District H.

Demaegd grew up in Mishawaka, graduating from Mishawaka High School. He received a BA in Comparative Literature from San Diego State University in 1972. He then went on to work in the federal government. Through his long career, Demaegd worked as an investigator with US Immigration, a Special Agent with the Department of Defense, an Asylum Officer with the Department of Homeland Security and also worked in Washington DC for Fraud Detection and National Security. Demaegd spent time in the Middle East working for the US government as well. He also spent 6 years in the Coast Guard Reserve.

Demaegd is married with one child and two grandchildren. His wife, Maggie Demaegd, is currently the at-large member of the Mishawaka City Council.

“It’s an obligation and a duty to have a positive impact on your community. I hope to bring stability and have a non-polarizing impact on the council.” Demaegd said to RNM.

Joe Thomas, 59, is challenging Robert Kruszynski Jr. in District A.

Thomas is the owner of Brookwood Golf Course in Buchanan, Michigan. He is originally from Elkhart, but has lived in St. Joseph county for the past 30 years. He is married with 4 children between the ages of 19 and 29.

Thomas ran for the same seat 16 years ago.

“I love the community I live in. I want to make sure it remains that way. I’m running to ensure St. Joseph County is safe, good for families and good for business.” Thomas told RNM.

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