Weinzapfel not running for Congress

(Your Local Election Headquarters) - Jonathan Weinzapfel will not be running for Congress, according to a statement released Wednesday on his behalf.

Read his statement here:

"Like many Hoosiers, I have watched over the past several years as Congress has become more polarized, move divisive and more partisan, and is clearly unable to get much done. It is nerve-wracking to sit on the sidelines and watch the dysfunction when there are so many challenges facing our country, and I see my neighbors and community continue to struggle. In the past few months, I have been urged by many to run for Congress so I can do something about it.

Considering whether to run for public office is a complex process. One must evaluate implications of the decision from multiple perspectives – the most important being the effect on family – and the timing needs to be just right. In the end, after much soul searching and deep discussions with family and friends, it is clear to me that the time is not right for me to re-enter the political arena. So today, I am announcing that I have decided not to run for Congress in the Eighth District of Indiana this year.

Rest assured that I will continue to roll up my sleeves and take an active role in efforts that are moving Indiana forward both as an individual and as Chancellor of Ivy Tech. I will continue to press our elected officials in Washington to represent Hoosier values like hard work, fiscal responsibility and progress over politics. My family and I will be elbow-to-elbow with other Hoosiers who are out there, every day, doing the same."

On January 10, Eyewitness News reported that the former Evansville mayor and current Ivy Tech Chancellor was considering running as a Democrat for the seat currently held by Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN).

Back in 1996, Weinzapfel almost defeated then-8th district Congressman John Hostettler (R-IN).

Other candidates

In November of 2017, former Democratic candidate Glen Miller ended his campaign for the seat and endorsed fellow Democrat William Tanoos.

So far, Tanoos is the sole challenger for Rep. Bucshon's seat.

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(This story was originally published on Jan. 31, 2018) 


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