BRAZIL, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Greg Goode will serve as the Senator for Indiana’s 38th district after being chosen at a caucus by the state’s Republican Party Saturday morning.

The seat was open after State Sen. Jon Ford announced his resignation, effective Oct. 16th, last month with three years left on his current term. Goode and former Indiana State Sen. John Waterman both pursued the vacancy.

After they both gave speeches, the vote was held and Goode was victorious. The election included 74 ballots, and Goode secured the win by a 56-18 margin.

Anne Hathaway is the Chairwoman for the Indiana Republican State Committee, and she said that a caucus like this is a prime example of a working democracy.

“It’s an indication of a democracy. It is how our process is supposed to work in regard to orderly and timely. Also, making sure the voters, in this case the precinct committeeman representing the voters throughout the district, had an opportunity to vote to replace Senator Ford,” said Hathaway.

Goode has worked for years as the executive director of government relations and University Communications at Indiana State University. He acted as a liaison between ISU and the Indiana General Assembly.

He said that he couldn’t be more honored to fill the shoes of Sen. Ford and he’s looking forward to starting in the position.

“Listening to concerns. Listening to hopes and dreams. Making the case as to why we can still build on Jon Ford’s legacy. I’m deeply honored and humbled to have been provided that opportunity by the people who met this morning,” said Goode.

As this new chapter begins for Goode, he wants everyone to know what his goals are for this time in office.

“I want to be the individual who can carry forth the policy priorities of Senator Ford as well as an individual who will be known for working with all people for the betterment of this part of the state and the state of Indiana,” added Goode.

Goode will be sworn into office in the next week and begin his work immediately.