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Another candidate challenges Stutzman

Wise

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, has a second challenger in his bid for re-election this fall.

Libertarian Scott Wise has joined Stutzman and Democrat Justin Kuhnle on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election.

Wise also ran in 2010, receiving 4.1 percent of the vote to finish third out of five candidates. Stutzman, then a state senator from Howe, won election to his first term that year and was re-elected in 2012.

Wise was a candidate for the 3rd District Republican nomination in 2008, getting 23 percent of the vote against incumbent Mark Souder. He ran for mayor of Columbia City as a Libertarian in 2011, drawing 6.5 percent of votes cast to finish last in a three-candidate field.

Wise said in a statement that he is a continuous improvement manager at Warner Electric in Columbia City, a graduate of Indiana University and a lifelong resident of northeast Indiana’s 3rd District, having grown up in LaGrange County.

He said he turns 47 this month.

He filed his candidacy with the Indiana secretary of state’s office on July 2, the same day Hoosier Libertarians filed for seven other congressional seats, three statewide posts – secretary of state, auditor and treasurer – and more than a dozen seats in the General Assembly.

Wise said in a statement issued Saturday about Republicans and Democrats, “I’ve had enough of these two political parties running this country into the ground.”

He also said, “If we do not return to our small government roots, and live within our means, hardship will be in America’s future for generations to come.”

The Federal Election Commission’s website shows no statement of candidacy, statement of campaign organization or campaign finance reports for Wise. Failure to file such documents typically indicates that a candidate is raising little or no money for his campaign.

The 3rd District consists of 10 counties and parts of two others.

bfrancisco@jg.net

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