Former head of The Arc of Indiana, running for Senate

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — John Dickerson, the former executive director of an organization that advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has announced he is running for the Democratic nomination to replace retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats.

Dickerson made the announcement Saturday in Indianapolis, becoming the second Democrat in the race. He joins former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill, who announced his candidacy in June.

The 62-year-old Dickerson, who lives in Indianapolis, says he would make a good congressman because he would work to bring people together, saying that’s what has done while working at The Arc of Indiana from 1983 until last month.

U.S. Reps. Todd Young and Marlin Stutzman and former state GOP Chairman Eric Holcomb are seeking the Republican nomination.

Dickerson has never run for public office before. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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