Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bates Launches 6th District Bid

An unsuccessful 2010 U.S. Senate candidate, businessman Don Bates, has announced he will seek the open seat of U.S. Rep. Mike Pence in the 6th District, which Pence is giving up to run for governor. A press release from Bates reads:

Richmond financial advisor and former U.S. Senate candidate Don Bates announced today he will seek Indiana’s 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by Congressman Pence.

“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 has been a strong, consistent voice for conservative values, and understands what must happen to restore American principles and revive our stagnant economy.

“Last week the unemployment rate again hit nine percent and the President’s policies continue to push our nation to the brink of financial ruin.”

“It is time for someone from Main street Indiana to go to the Capitol building in Washington D.C. as a voice for the people,” Bates said.

Bates lives and works in the 6th District, and is prepared to take his lifetime of private sector achievement to our nation’s capital on behalf of the people.

“The message I have heard clearly from Hoosiers is they are frustrated with lifetime politicians bringing no real results. I am a product of Main street Indiana and have a vision of what Indiana and America can be. That is why I am entering this race.”
Unsuccessful 2010 5th District candidate Luke Messer has indicated his interest in the open seat. The newly-drawn boundaries for the 6th District places his home county, Shelby, within the 6th District. Former. U.S. Rep. David McIntosh has also expressed an interest in recapturing the seat he held until he gave it up when he unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2000.

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