(Shelbyville, Ind.) - It’s getting to be a very crowded GOP field for the Indiana sixth congressional district.
Just 27-years-old, Shelbyville resident T.J. Thompson says he will run as a Republican to succeed Mike Pence, who will run for Indiana governor in 2012.
“In recent months, I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the encouragement of my family, friends, and supporters who have implored me to run for Indiana's sixth district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012,” Thompson said in his announcement.
Thompson joins Travis Hankins, Luke Messer, and Don Bates, Jr. in the Republican primary race. No Democrat has declared their candidacy yet.
Thompson ran unsuccessfully as an independent against Pence in the sixth district in 2010.
“The calls of support have grown stronger since Congressman Mike Pence announced his candidacy for Governor of Indiana, in which he has my full support,” Thompson said.