But from that talented lineup, there's one candidate -- Dr. John McGoff -- who edges ahead of the rest based on his professional and personal experience, his thoughtful stance on key issues such as health care, and his history of independent thinking.
McGoff, an emergency room physician and former Marion County coroner, is well-suited to help craft a federal approach to health care and health insurance, a task that may become even more essential if the U.S. Supreme Court in the weeks ahead overturns all or parts of President Obama's health-care law.
McGoff also displays a grounded, seasoned approach to issues of foreign policy and national defense. He's served in the National Guard for 29 years, holds the rank of brigadier general and now serves as chief of staff in the Indiana Guard.
Another factor strongly in McGoff's favor is that he jumped into the 5th District fray long before it became popular. McGoff not only challenged Burton in the 2008 GOP primary, he also made a strong showing that first revealed the incumbent's vulnerability. McGoff returned to the hunt in 2010, and Burton almost certainly would have been turned out of office then but for the fact that a bevy of challengers split the vote.
McGoff, perhaps because of his willingness to challenge a longtime incumbent, isn't the favorite of Republican bosses. McIntosh appears to be the anointed favorite. But his record speaks well of McGoff's ability to stand for what he thinks is right rather than what partisan leaders want.
That trait is often lacking in Congress, which needs more leaders with McGoff's experience, depth and independence.
The Star Editorial Board strongly endorses Dr. John McGoff in the Republican 5th district primary on May 8.I have to say that I'm surprised by the Star's endorsement of McGoff. Most people expected them to back the only female candidate in the race, Susan Brooks, who has the backing of a lot of establishment folks.