Rising Sun’s Siekman Officially Files To Run For Congress
By Mike Perleberg
Lane Siekman, of Rising Sun, says he is running for Congress. Photo provided.
(Rising Sun, Ind.) – Rising Sun attorney Lane Siekman has formally filed to run for Congress.
Siekman announced Thursday that he has filed to run for the Democratic nomination in Indiana’s 6th Congressional District in the May 8, 2018 primary election.
Siekman, the 56-year-old executive director of the Ohio County Economic Development Corporation, is entering his second race for Congress. He ran in 2014, but did not win the Democratic nomination.
Unlike many candidates, Siekman did not personally deliver his filing form to the Indiana Secretary of State’s office in Indianapolis.
“I mailed the filing form to Indianapolis so there isn’t any formal picture or anything. My wife Robin had knee surgery last week and she needed me to stay close to home,” he said.
“Besides, why spend the time and money on a trip to Indianapolis when we could better use opportunity that meeting people and working on problems right here in the 6th District?”
In an announcement, Siekman pledged to campaign for working families who have been left behind by the millionaires and special interests in Congress.
“We need to fight for good jobs and investment right here in rural Indiana, to fix this healthcare mess, and protect our public schools. I support term limits, medicare for all, investing in infrastructure, and campaign finance reform to get corruption of big money out of politics. We also have to do something about the scourge of opioid abuse in this district and strengthen national security. We all deserve to be safe both at home and abroad,” he said.
The Ivy Tech Community College adjunct instructor and former city and county council attorney officiated one of Dearborn County’s first legal same-sex marriages in 2014.
He plans to hold town halls in the District on a regular basis and to listen to constituents.
“I believe that a representative has to listen to the people. The U.S. Congress is the level of elected federal government that is the closest to the people. Everyone should have a right to see and talk to their representative on a regular basis. I believe that I have a duty to listen and care about their problems and work on real solutions. It’s about people.”
Siekman joins a Democratic primary field which already includes Greensburg attorney Jim Pruett and Jasen Lave.
Republican candidates seeking the GOP nomination in the May primary are Richmond businessman Thomas Ferkinhoff and Muncie businessman Jonathan Lamb. Air Force reservist Stephan MacKenzie has also announced a run, but he has not yet filed.
Indiana’s deadline for candidates to file for election is one week away: Friday, February 9 at noon.