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Christina Hale plans to run for Congress

BY Staff Reports - ctreport@indy.rr.com

Former Indiana Rep. Christina Hale made her candidacy for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District official Thursday, hoping to replace Rep. Susan Brooks' (R-District 5) vacancy next year.

Brooks announced on June 14 she would not be seeking re-election, after occupying the seat since 2013.

The 5th District includes northern Indianapolis and cities and towns in Blackford, Boone, Grant, Tipton, Howard, Madison, and Hamilton counties.

Hale joins fellow Democratic Party candidate Dee Thornton on the Democratic Party Ballot for the 5th Congressional District, ahead of the upcoming 2020 primary. Thonton unsuccessfully ran against Brooks in 2018. 

Hale says she will be focusing her campaign on middle class families and giving them a voice in Washington.

“People want their representatives to not only understand but to feel the challenges they face. I know these challenges personally. I know the price of milk and how hard it can be to find quality daycare. I’ve been a single mom scraping to balance work and school and then repay my student loans and buy my first house,” Hale said in a statement. “Whether it was doing what’s best for my family or trying to get ahead in the working world, I’ve had to work for it. That’s exactly what Hoosiers can expect of me in Congress, where I’ll fight every day to make life better for people by lowering the cost of healthcare and working to ensure that we have an economy that works for everybody.”

Hale has previous experience was as a member of the 87th Congressional District from 2012 to 2016 in the Indiana House of Representatives. Hale stepped down from her role to be John Gregg's running mate in the 2016 gubernatorial race.

Since then, Hale has worked as director of the Kiwanis International Club's Youth Program.