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Stutzman seeks re-election

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, announced Thursday that he has filed to seek re-election to a third full term in Congress.

“Today, I’m asking Hoosiers to join me in taking Hoosier common sense and conservative solutions to Washington. I was elected to fight for smaller, more efficient government and defend our Hoosier values and I’ve done exactly that,” Stutzman said in a statement.

Stutzman’s filing had not appeared Thursday evening on the website of the Indiana Secretary of State, which updates filings every afternoon.

Stutzman is a corn and soybean farmer and former state legislator from Howe, in LaGrange County. He is a member of the House Financial Services Committee.

Two challengers for Stutzman’s 3rd District seat filed earlier -- Republican James E. Mahoney III of Huntington and Democrat Justin Kuhnle of Kendallville.

The 3rd District includes all or parts of 12 counties in northeast Indiana. Members of Congress earn $174,000 a year.

Indiana’s Republican and Democratic primary elections will be May 6, and the general election will be Nov. 4. The filing deadline for candidates is Feb. 7.