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Government Major Chases Fire Trucks, Attends Clambakes As Part of Campaign


"From colored ladies' teas to clambakes to women's club meetings to political rallies" was the way Theodore L. (Ted) Sendak '40 of Gary, Indiana and Eliot House described a typical day of his recently completed whirlwind campaign for the Republican nomination to the Indiana State Legislature.

Sendak, who has been literally commuting back and forth between Gary and Cambridge in the last few months, is running for the office of Joint State Representative from Lake and Porter Counties, a composite district which includes 177,000 registered voters.

Chased Fire Engines

While the primary election is not being held until May 7, the diminutive senior, a concentrator in government, had to wind up his campaign last week in order to return here to study for his general examinations which come on May 6 and 8.

"Before leaving Gary," Sendak stated. "I often campaigned by chasing fire engines. Wherever a crowd gathered I would start a stump speech and hand out campaign literature. Now that I am away from the scene, I have to depend on the work which is being carried on by friends and supporters who have organized a number of 'Sendak for Joint State Representative' clubs."

Recording Speeches

At present Sendak is recording two or three minute speeches on phonograph records, which will be sent west to be played at political meetings. Home town papers have made much of the fact that he has sold his saxaphone to help defray his expenses.

According to Sendak, his chance of gaining the nomination are at present very good, as the only opposition is because of his youth. He is twenty-two years of age.

Sendak's campaign is based on two slogans. In some cities and towns he is featured as the "Common Sense in Government" candidate. In his home town. Gary, his campaign literature advertises "Our Teddy." In the large colored district of industrial Gary, colored newspapers have played him up as a "worker." He has spent summers working as a waiter, a farm hand, and a truck driver.

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