Air Force Reserve Member Enters GOP Field For Indiana 6th District
By Mike Perleberg
Stephen MacKenzie has entered the race for the Republican nomination for Indiana’s 6th Congressional District. Photo via Stephen MacKenzie for Congress.
(Fortville, Ind.) – There is yet another name to add to the list of those seeking election to southeastern Indiana’s congressional seat.
Current Republican Congressman Luke Messer is not seeking re-election next year, as he will be running for the Senate instead. Now, an increasing number of congressional hopefuls are aiming to succeed Messer.
Stephen MacKenzie is the latest to announced his bid for the Republican nomination for Indiana’s 6th District. MacKenzie, who shared his intentions Monday, is a member of the U.S. Air Force reserves and a business consultant who bills himself as a “conservative outsider.”
“I’m running for Congress because we need true conservatives representing Hoosiers in Washington D.C.,” the Fortville resident said in a statement. “As your next 6th District Congressman, I will always defend the Second Amendment, support limited government and term limits, and promote fiscal responsibility. I’m a pro-life Christian with strong family values and I believe that economic growth and tax reform are keys to helping all of us live the American Dream.”
“I will never give in to special interests or any influence that goes against my core values. I will represent Indiana’s 6th District with dignity, compassion and a moral compass that guides me in faith, family and business,” he concluded.
MacKenzie will run for the Republican nomination next May against other declared candidates including Indiana State Senator Mike Crider (R-Greenfield) and Muncie business owner Jonathan Lamb. Vice President Mike Pence’s brother, Greg Pence of Columbus, is also rumored to be considering joining the crowded Republican field in the 6th District.
Three Democrats are also in the race for their party’s nomination in the 2018 primary election. Rising Sun attorney Lane Siekman was the first candidate to declare. He will be challenged by Greensburg attorney Jim Pruett and Muncie Matters Alliance founder Jeannine Lee-Lake.