Spartz announces she will seek re-election in 5th District

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Six months after winning her first term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Victoria Spartz announced Monday that she will seek re-election in 2022. 

“I had to think long and hard, but after much deliberation I have decided to run for another term representing Indiana’s 5th District,” Spartz said in a written statement. ”There is a lot at stake for our country, and I believe I can be valuable to my constituents and fight for good policy solutions badly needed for our nation.”

The Republican’s announcement comes less than a month after the Democratic Congressional Committee declared it will target Spartz’s seat in 2022.

Democrats had hoped to capture the long-held Republican seat last year in a district that stretches from Broad Ripple north to Grant County and is becoming more competitive. But Spartz defeated Democrat Christina Hale in November in a hotly contested race that saw at least $15 million spent by the campaigns and outside groups, with national party organizations and dark-money groups spending heavily on largely negative advertising.

“Unfortunately, after just four months in Congress, I can reconfirm to you that our House of Representatives is badly broken: full of political posturing and ever-increasing powers of the Speaker,” Spartz said in her statement on Monday. 

But she said the nation needs more people in office who are committed to delivering good laws, tough decisions and strong results.

Spartz, a Ukrainian immigrant and former state senator who opted to run for the 5th District instead of seeking reelection to her Statehouse seat, won a 15-way GOP primary in June to become the party’s nominee for the congressional seat vacated by Susan Brooks. 

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8 thoughts on “Spartz announces she will seek re-election in 5th District

  1. Bully for her. Even though she is not the Representative for my district (that would be Jim Baird, also a good guy), we should be thankful that decent people like Mrs. Spartz are willing to serve in Washington DC’s caustic, intellectually-polluted atmosphere.

    1. I think she left that phase for the ‘democratic socialist’ that will run against her. But I’ll write it – if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it’s a ‘socialist ‘ duck! Just admit what you are.

  2. I don’t think I would have used the phrase, “I had to think long and hard, but after much deliberation”. If only after a few months on the job and your saying that it sounds like your saying this job is not what I thought it would be and I’m not sure I would want to do it again. That may not be true, but messaging is everything in politics.

  3. So the Democrats aren’t giving up? They threw everything that they had in the last election, including a very electable candidate. Spartz still won by a decent margin. If the legislature is smart, they will redraw the 5th by removing the southern most part that is in Marion County, possibly as far north as 86th St. That was the only area that Spartz lost, as she carried the other counties in the 5th. Face it, as long as Carson runs for the 7th, the Democrats have Marion Co. locked up. Just concede that portion of the 5th, and possibly pick part of it up elsewhere.