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Tuesday, August 08, 2017 12:00 pm

Braun enters GOP Senate race

State Rep. Mike Braun, R-Jasper, formally announced his candidacy Tuesday for the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat from Indiana.

Braun had told various news media last week that he planned to announce his candidacy this week. He seeks the Senate seat held since 2013 by Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly.

Braun, the founder and chief executive officer of Meyer Distributing, an auto parts distribution company with facilities in 38 states, is the fifth Republican to announce his Senate candidacy for the May 2018 GOP primary election. He was first elected to the Indiana House in 2014.

“Our country needs more people who can tackle big issues from perspectives gained from running a business and not a career politician’s perspective,” Braun said in an emailed statement. “I've spent my life building a business and creating jobs. I am running for US Senate because we need leaders who understand the real consequences of the failure of our federal government and are capable of delivering solutions for Hoosiers on issues like health care and tax reform.”

He criticized Donnelly for voting in favor of the Affordable Care Act and then President Barack Obama's nominations to the Supreme Court and for joining other Democrats in opposing legislation pushed by President Donald Trump to repeal the ACA and overturn Obama administration regulations.

“I am ready to go to Washington to deliver Donald Trump reinforcements as he takes on the DC swamp," Braun said in his statement. "Last year’s presidential election showed that Hoosiers know outsiders with business experience are the country’s best hope to fix the broken political system in Washington. Most importantly, Hoosiers want leaders who can break the hold career politicians have on the system and make conservative change happen. It’s time to replace Joe Donnelly with a Hoosier conservative who can get the job done. That is what I will do in Washington.”

Other announced GOP Senate candidates are U.S. Rep. Luke Messer of Greensburg, Hamilton County entrepreneur Terry Henderson, Kokomo attorney Mark Hurt and New Albany college administrator Andrew Takami.