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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 1:00 pm

Rokita signals U.S. Senate campaign with finance team

Journal Gazette

Rep. Todd Rokita, R-4th, has taken a step toward launching a U.S. Senate campaign by appointing a statewide finance staff.

Rokita has named Dan Dumezich to chair the team. Dumezich, an attorney from Schererville, is a former treasurer of the Indiana Republican Party and an ex-state legislator who has worked on campaign finance teams for GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump, Mitt Romney and George W. Bush.

"There is no better political fundraiser in Indiana," Rokita said in a news release.

Other members of Rokita's finance team include Jamie Weber and Dave Buskill, who have worked on Rokita's House campaigns, and Washington-based fundraisers Laura Van Hove, Jon Graham and Mike Gula.

Rokita is considering seeking the Republican nomination next year for the seat held by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. Rep. Luke Messer, R-6th, also is considering running.

Announced candidates for the GOP nomination are Kokomo attorney Mark Hurt, Hamilton County businessman Terry Henderson and New Albany college branch administrator Andrew Takami.