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Amanda Banks announces candidacy for Senate District 17

INDIANAPOLIS - Amanda Banks, wife of Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, announced today that she will run to fill her husband's vacancy in the Indiana State Senate while he is deployed to Afghanistan during the 2015 legislative session. "It would be an honor to serve in my husband's place and represent the people of the 17th Senate District while Jim serves our country overseas,” Amanda Banks said in a news release. “I believe my background in public policy and communications, combined with my experience as a full-time mother of three busy girls and as a military wife, will bring a unique perspective to the State Senate."

"I've had the opportunity to travel throughout the district with my husband over the past five years, getting to know the people who live and work here, and some the issues most important to them. If elected, I look forward to learning more and representing the district with integrity in the 2015 legislative session."

Sen. Banks, a U.S. Navy reserve supply corps officer, has been called to active duty in Afghanistan beginning in September. He is expected to return in early May, 2015.

He is unopposed in his reelection campaign and will remain on the ballot in November. He intends to submit a leave of absence from the Senate for the length of his deployment. Precinct committeemen from the 17th Senate District will elect a temporary replacement for Sen. Banks in a caucus following the general election in November.

Amanda Banks, 34, graduated from IndianaUniversity with a bachelor’s degree in public affairs. She worked as federal policy analyst for Focus on the Family from 2003-2007 and as communications manager for the American Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region from 2008-2010.

Since 2010, she has been a full-time wife and mother of three young daughters. She serves as vice-president of Allen County Right to Life and is co-host of “I Choose Life News and Views,” a weekly, pro-life radio program.

“The people of the 17th District can expect authentic, conservative leadership from me," Amanda Banks said. "I will be available to hear their concerns and opinions as I endeavor to bring a consistent, yet fresh point of view to the Statehouse. I humbly ask the precinct committeemen and women to allow me to serve our district during my husband’s deployment.”