HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) Todd Nightenhelser, a Huntington small business owner, announced Thursday he will seek the 3rd District congressional seat.
Nightenhelser is the only Democrat seeking to replace Congressman Marlin Stutzman, who will vacate the seat to run for U.S. Senate in 2016.
The video game shop owner is running on a hard-working ticket, he said.
“We as Hoosiers, are proud to know, we have worked hard for what we have earned,” said Nightenhelser in his campaign announcement. “From our farms to factories, none of it was easy. For far too long the congress of “do nothing” has wasted our hard earned tax dollars to stand on personal philosophy and for special interests while accomplishing little to nothing to benefit the cause of hard working Americans. This cannot stand and when elected I will do work to bridge the divide in congress and promote real progress.”
State Sen. Jim Banks, State Sen. Liz Brown and Dr. Pam Galloway of Warsaw are vying for the seat on the Republican side.
Nightenhelser said there is a divide and disconnect in Washington. A need exists there for “real people” to work for the American people, he said.
“For America to grow we cannot continue to let Congress be bought and paid for by special interests and lobbyists,” said Nightenhelser. “Our laws are meant to be for the benefit of all not the few.
“Today I begin the long hard work of earning the 3rd District’s vote and the right to represent Hoosiers in Congress the way Hoosiers work every day through hard work and remembering I work for Hoosiers not in spite of them.”
Nightenhelser said education is a top priority. He said classrooms today are testing-focused rather than a place for learning, which has forced teachers out of the profession as students graduate knowing many facts and figures but “not how to make change or sign their names.”
“That’s not the way we Hoosiers take care of a neighbors, our educators, our youth, our future,” said Nightenhelser. “We are better than that and our government should represent those values as well.”