GRABILL — Dr. Tyler G. Johnson, an emergency physician and native of Grabill, announced his candidacy for the Indiana State Senate on Sept. 22.

His announcement was to take place at Sauder Feeds, 14033 Grabill Road.

Johnson announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Indiana State Senate District 14. Incumbent Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, recently announced that he will retire at the end of his current term.

“It will take a candidate with a far-reaching range of skills, experiences and passions to succeed a public servant as respected as Sen. Kruse,” Johnson said.

“His will be hard shoes to fill. But when voters get the chance to compare us, I think they will find me the candidate best able to make meaningful contributions to Northeast Indiana.”

A 2001 graduate of Leo High School, Johnson works as an emergency physician at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Parkview DeKalb and hospitals throughout the region. Johnson said he has served in a variety of leadership roles in his field and has been an advocate for advancing emergency care and patient safety.

Johnson said his candidacy also offers legislative experience, as he has advocated for patients and emergency physicians at the Indiana Statehouse and United States Capitol.

He and his wife, Alicia, and their four children are active in their church and are passionate supporters of adoption. Visit for more information.

In August, Ron Turpin announced he also is seeking to succeed Kruse.

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