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Hancock County lawyer to seek Pence's seat

Another Republican candidate has joined the race to replace Rep. Mike Pence, R-6th.

Kristen Foster, an attorney who lives in the Hancock County town of New Palestine, recently announced she will run for the congressional seat, which has opened as Pence seeks the GOP nomination for governor in 2012.

Republicans who have filed their candidacies with the Federal Election Commission include Don Bates Jr., a financial adviser from Winchester; Travis Hankins, a real estate investor from Columbus; John Hatter, a human resources executive from Columbus; and Luke Messer, a former state lawmaker from Shelbyville.

Democrats who have filed to run include Brad Bookout, an economic development consultant in Muncie, and Jim Crone, a sociology professor at Hanover College.

The 6th District currently includes Adams, Wells and southern Allen counties. But those counties will be in the 3rd District with next year's elections, thanks to new maps drawn this year by the Indiana legislature.

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