(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A familiar name has entered the race for Indiana sixth district congressman in 2012.
That’s when much of southeast Indiana shifts from the ninth district to the sixth, which is being vacated by gubernatorial candidate Rep. Mike Pence.
Former ninth district candidate Travis Hankins, 29, announced Tuesday he will make a second run at congress.
Hankins lost the 2010 Republican primary to Todd Young by just one percent of the vote. Young went on to become the district congressman after defeating Democrat Baron Hill in the general election.
"In November 2010 we elected plenty of Republicans to Congress but we did not elect enough conservatives," said Hankins in a statement.
Hankins describes himself as a Reagan conservative who believes in a strong national defense, traditional moral values and a limited government. His campaign will center around outlawing abortion, eliminating the national debt, enacting term limits, and abolishing the IRS and income tax.
In an e-mail announcing his candidacy, Hankins noted that he won seven counties formerly in the ninth district which have been redrawn into the new sixth district.
The Columbus resident joins a crowded field of Republicans to declare for the race. Former U.S. Senate candidate Don Bates, Jr., of Winchester, and Luke Messer, of Shelbyville, earch announced their candidacy within the past month.
As for Democrats, Rising Sun lawyer Lane Siekman is exploring a possible run in the future sixth district.