About a week after filing her candidacy, state Treasurer Kelly Mitchell formally announced she will seek the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional District.
Mitchell becomes the seventh person – three Republicans and four Democrats – to launch a campaign to replace four-term Rep. Susan Brooks, a Fort Wayne native. Brooks is not seeking re-election in 2020. The 5th District includes Hamilton, Madison, Grant, Tipton and parts of four other counties.
The Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball list the district as leaning Republican, while Nate Gonzales’ Inside Elections rates it as likely Republican.
Mitchell said in a campaign video released Wednesday that the American Dream “is under constant attack from the radical left.” She said her beliefs include: “Secure the border and do it now! Don’t blink when it comes to China or Russia. Defend the unborn. Protect the Second Amendment. Respect the flag and show gratitude to those who have defended it.”
Mitchell was elected state treasurer in 2014 and re-elected in 2018.