FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Kosciusko County farmer Kip Tom has officially filed to appear on the ballot for United States Representative in Indiana’s 3rd Congressional district.
Tom, a Republican from Leesburg, submitted his paperwork with Secretary of State Connie Lawson on Tuesday.
“Since announcing my candidacy, I have been humbled by the positive reaction I’ve received from Republicans in the 3rd district,” said Tom, the managing member of Tom Farms and the president of CereServ Inc. “They are tired of continuing to send career politicians to Washington and are hungry for a conservative outsider with real business experience.”
Five Republicans and two Democrats are vying to replace U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman in Congress. Stutzman is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring senior Sen. Dan Coats.
State Sen. Jim Banks, State Sen. Liz Brown, former Whitley County Council member Scott Wise, former Wisconsin State Senator and retired physician Pam Galloway and Tom are all vying for the 3rd District seat on the Republican side. Tommy Schrader of Fort Wayne and Huntington video game shop owner Todd Nightenhelser have declared as Democrats.