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Fundraisers held for House candidate

IDA member vies for House District 51 seat


Dr. Martin Szakaly, Immediate Past President of the Indiana Dental Association, held a fundraiser for state legislature candidate and IDA member Dr. Denny Zent in South Bend.

The November gathering of dentists from the North Central Dental Society raised more than $10,000 for Dr. Zent, who is running for House District 51 seat recently vacated by Rep. Dick Dodge (R-Ind.).

“We hope that the fact we raised more than $10,000 for Dr. Zent’s campaign will serve as a challenge to other components to raise even more money,” Dr. Szakaly said. “It is critical that all IDA members work together to elect a fellow dentist to the legislature to inform policies that affect our profession.”

In addition to the fundraiser at Dr. Szakaly’s home, other efforts on Dr. Zent’s behalf include fundraisers in the Eastern Indiana, East Central and Wabash Valley Dental Societies. IDA President Dr. Terry Schechner is also leading a drive for funds from the dental community.

Dr. Zent believes the level of support from dentists in Indiana and around the country has increased his chances considerably.

“If it weren’t for the dentists in Indiana who have helped support my campaign, I would be in a far less promising position,” said Dr. Zent. “There are many colleagues who have expressed serious interest in having a fellow dentist in the legislature. I believe this would be a huge win for the Indiana Dental Association and dentistry.”

Dr. Zent’s goal is to reach $40,000 by Jan. 2012, which is the first reporting deadline for fundraising from all campaigns. He is currently unopposed.

“No one else has announced,” said Dr. Zent. “If we show strong fundraising numbers and broad support by early January, we think there is a good chance others will be more reluctant to enter the race.”

Some legislators from around the state look forward to having a dentist in the legislature, according to Dr. Zent.

“Legislators have said to me that they think it would be a huge asset to have someone in the legislature who comes from a health care community that works,” he said.

Dr. Zent has formed a campaign committee and is currently accepting contributions. Please send any contributions to the “Committee to Elect Denny Zent,” 3030 N. Bay View Rd., Angola, Ind., 46703. 

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