A group of eight Republican state legislators endorsed Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold on Tuesday in the congressional race in Indiana's 5th District.
Sens. Mike Delph of Carmel, Luke Kenley of Noblesville and James Buck of Carmel announced the endorsement at a news conference in Noblesville, according to media reports and a news release from Seybold's campaign.
Others endorsing Seybold on Tuesday but who did not attend the news conference were Sens. Jim Banks of Columbia City and Travis Holdman of Markle, and Reps. Mike Karickhoff of Kokomo, Kevin Mahan of Hartford City and Eric Turner of Cicero.
Seybold is in an eight-candidate contest for the Republican nomination for the seat of Rep. Dan Burton, R-5th, who is not seeking re-election. The other candidates are Jason Anderson of Noblesville, Susan Brooks of Carmel, Jack Lugar of Indianapolis, John McGoff of Indianapolis, David McIntosh of Anderson, Matthew Mount of Indianapolis and William Salin of Indianapolis. Mount announced recently he had dropped out because of an Army Reserves deployment.
Brooks, a former U.S. attorney and native of Fort Wayne, and McIntosh, a congressman in the 1990s who grew up in Kendallville, were the early favorites in the GOP primary election. Brooks had raised more than $448,000 in campaign contributions by the end of 2011, McIntosh had collected nearly $427,000, and each started this year with more than $300,000 in cash on hand.
Seybold -- who competed in pairs skating with his sister Kim at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary -- did not join the race until after Burton announced Jan. 31 that he would not run again. A member of Congress since 1983, Burton endorsed Seybold's candidacy this month.
Tony Long of Kokomo and Rep. Scott Reske, D-Pendleton, are vying for the Democratic nomination in the 5th District, which includes Grant, Madison, Hamilton and Tipton counties and parts of Blackford, Howard, Marion and Boone counties.