Kurt Hochstettler, Goshen, was on hand to support his friend Nisly. Hochstettler and his wife became friends with Nisly and his wife Mary about five years ago. Both sets of parents have kids in the Fairfield school system.
“You couldn’t meet two nicer people,” Hochstettler said. “Pride in the wrong context is a sin, but in terms of how he ran this race I couldn’t be more proud of (Curt).”
Nisly won over voters in the district who had become dissatisfied with Kubacki. Pam Shepherd, Mentone, said Tuesday night at the Oakwood Inn that she was tired of Kubacki “saying one thing and doing another.”
For her it started with the Common Core issue. Then it was Kubacki’s marriage amendment vote that was the clincher for her.
“I really agree with what Curt believes in,” Shepherd said.
Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers, who previously endorsed Nisly, was on hand for what turned into Nisly’s victory party Tuesday night. Rogers said Nisly excelled at listening to people on the campaign trail and running a race with honor.
The sheriff praised Kubacki for serving her two terms with honor as well, but he believed it came down to voters trusting Nisly.
“He stood up for family values and morals and that says something,” Rogers said.
Nisly also won over Rogers, a staunch believer in limited government, with his thoughts on local control.
Now the party looks to coalesce in the interest of keeping District 22, which contains most of Kosciusko County and the southern portion of Elkhart County, red.
For Kubacki, she said there was no bad blood from the primary and that going forward she will support Nisly and the party in the general election on Nov. 4, which will pit Nisly against Democrat David Kolbe, a Warsaw attorney.