Former state Rep. Christina Hale enters race to replace Susan Brooks in Congress
Former Democratic state Rep. Christina Hale is officially running to fill Susan Brooks' 5th Congressional District seat.
Hale, who was John Gregg's running mate during his 2016 gubernatorial campaign, is a favorite among party insiders who think she has a shot at switching a historically red district to blue.
While the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hasn't endorsed her, the campaign arm reached out to Hale about running, even as early as 2018.
"This is an opportunity that I've been interested in because it's an opportunity to serve," Hale, 47, told IndyStar on Wednesday. "And I think people are ready for someone who really cares about these practical issues, someone who really cares about Hoosier families, and will be focused on things that make the difference to everyday people, like healthcare, like education opportunity."
Last month Brooks, who has held the seat since 2012, announced she was retiring from Congress to spend more time with family. The decision left state Democrats hopeful that they could capitalize on changing demographics in the suburban portion of the district as populated Hamilton County shifts left.
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