Marlin Stutzman officially vies for US Senate seat

A crowd gathers in Roanoke, Ind. just minutes before Rep. Marlin Stutzman makes a "major announcement" on May 9, 2015. (WANE Photo)

ROANOKE, Ind. (WANE) United States Congressman Marlin Stutzman, serving in Indiana’s third district, officially announced his campaign for U.S. Senate following a “major campaign announcement.”

Sutzman made his announcement at 1 p.m. on Main Street in Roanoke surrounded by dozens of supporters who had ‘Marlin for Senate’ signs ready before the news of a Senate run. Before Saturday, there was speculation that Stutzman would make the bid for Dan Coats’ seat in the U.S. Senate. Coats announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election in 2016.

An event created on Facebook for the announcement asked people to join Stutzman “if [they] believe that we need bold, decisive leadership, committed to securing our future and ensuring a strong America.”

In 2010, Stutzman ran against Coats for the Senate seat and was defeated by more than 51,000 votes.

Now that Stutzman has announced to run for Senate, that leaves his congressional spot open. Allen County Republican County Chair Steve Shine said he knew of two Indiana Senators who would run for the third district, Jim Banks and Liz Brown.

Back in March, after Coats announced he would not be running for re-election, former Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate spot. Other Senate contenders include state Senator Mike Delph and former Congressman and former Senate candidate Baron Hill.

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