Political Recap

Incumbent Representative Susan Brooks is facing a challenge and it’s coming from her own party. On Friday, the last day of filing for the May primary election, Mike Campbell and Stephen MacKenzie filed declarations of candidacy for Brooks’ 5th District seat. Angela Demaree and Allen Davidson are seeking the Democrat nomination.

11 presidential candidates and 52 congressional hopefuls have filed for Indiana’s primary ballot. All eight remaining Republican presidential candidates have qualified for the ballot, along with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who quit the race the same day his campaign turned in his petition signatures. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will appear on the Democratic ballot.

52 congressional hopefuls have filed for Indiana’s primary ballot. All seven U-S House members seeking reelection in Indiana will first have to survive primary challenges. The most crowded race is for the opening created by Marlin Stutzman’s Senate campaign. Six G-O-P candidates and four Democrats are seeking the nominations in the heavily Republican district.

Hundreds of people gathered Sunday afternoon at a small Indiana church to celebrate and remember the life of a former governor. Edgar D. Whitcomb, the state’s 43rd governor, died Thursday at his home in Rome in Perry County. He was 98.