Republican former State Representative Luke Messer announced on Thursday his plans to run for Congress in Indiana's 5th Congressional District. The seat is currently held by U.S. Congressman Dan Burton who has announced he is seeking a 15th term. The district includes all of Miami, Wabash, Huntington, Grant, Tipton, Hamilton, and Hancock counties, as well as parts of Howard, Marion, Shelby, and Johnson.
"This is a very serious time in our nation's history," Messer said at a gathering with supporters in Shelbyville. "And, in tough times, Hoosiers step forward. We're not the kind of folks to sit back and wait for others to solve our problems. That's why we're working with our friends and neighbors to build this campaign for Congress."
"We can and must do better," Messer continued. "The old ways of doing business in Washington just aren't good enough. We need new ideas and fresh perspectives to move our country forward."
Messer announced his candidacy at a small business in Shelbyville citing the significance that, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses employ about half of all private sector employees and created nearly 80 percent of the nation's net new jobs in recent years.
"If history is any indication, the jobs created in small businesses will lead our economic comeback," Messer explained. "Yet, as we consider bailout after bailout of another failing large corporation, we need to remember that the burdens of the debt and taxes associated with those bailouts will fall on our nation's families and small businesses. Simply put, if the burden is too high, these folks won't be able to create new jobs."
"In these tough times, Hoosiers are ready for their own brand of change," Messer concluded. "We know it will take new ideas to move our country forward. But, we want a change built on Hoosier values that aims higher than the old business-as-usual in Washington, reins in reckless spending, and empowers individuals with the tools needed to improve their own lives."