Congressman Dan Burton, a Republican, has held office in the United States House of Representatives since 1983. The Congressional District from which he has served has been re-configured a couple of times over those years. He has not enjoyed a fuzzy-warm relationship with his party’s leadership. That probably explains, in part, the re-configurations of the district he represents. Re-configuration implies an effort to unseat him. Leadership of the Democratic Party would like to "flip" the seat to their party. Leadership of Burton’s party has been eager to see him leave office for years. When the General Assembly redraws Congressional District maps from time to time, lines are drawn creatively. This year, Congressman Burton’s District 5 includes more people who historically have voted for Democratic Party candidates. The District as configured now covers part of Shelby County in the south, Marion County, Hamilton County (Carmel and Noblesville), Tipton County, and Howard County.
The race will be interesting. Republican candidates in the primary are in a fight. Those candidates are former United States Attorney Susan Brooks, former Congressman David McIntosh, former Marion County Coroner John McGoff, attorney Jack Lugar, software systems executive Jason Anderson, business analyst Bill Salin, Matthew Mount, and former Olympian and current Mayor of Marion, Indiana, Wayne Seybold.
Two candidates vie for the Democratic Party nomination. Indiana State Representative Scott Reske has endorsements from the Democratic Party and various leaders of that party. Tony Long is a retired autoworker who was active in his union at what, when I was a kid, was called Delco in Kokomo.
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