(Undated) – With Mike Pence leaving Indiana’s 6th Congressional District to run for governor in 2012, a new Republican has announced he will try to fill the void.
Former U.S. Senate candidate Don Bates, Jr. says he will seek the seat. He lost the 2010 Senate GOP Primary to Dan Coats, who went on to defeat Democrat candidate Brad Ellsworth.
“Congressman Pence has served my home district well these past 12 years; his message of fiscal restraint and social responsibility has been clear, and I look forward to continuing that message,” Bates, a Winchester, Ind. resident, said in a statement.
Most of southeast Indiana – including Dearborn, Ripley, Ohio, and Switzerland counties – will shift from the 9th District into the 6th beginning in 2012 under new legislative district maps drawn every decade.
In the 2012 Republican Primary, Bates will be opposed by Shelbyville resident Luke Messer who declared earlier this month.