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Democrat Kiley Adolph joins race for Congress

By: - August 31, 2023 2:12 pm
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The race to fill a vacancy in the Third Congressional District grew by another candidate with an announcement from Kiley Adolph. (Getty Images)

The race to fill a Congressional vacancy got another candidate this week with the announcement of Democrat Kiley Adolph, a global consultant, filing for the Third Congressional District.

Kiley Adolph, 2024 candidate for the Third Congressional District. (Photo from Adolph’s campaign website)

Adolph, an Angola native, joins a growing list of competitors seeking the seat held by U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

“Politics was never a part of my plan. But now, more than ever, there is a great sense of responsibility to utilize knowledge, skills, and experiences to work at the divide – to build bridges toward shared progress,” Adolph said in an email to the Indiana Capital Chronicle. “There is a great sense of responsibility for all of us to come together to address injustices and promote shared prosperity. Yet, Indiana, our country, continues to become increasingly fragmented.”

In a release, Adolph said she sought to “empower the people” in her political campaign following a career of teaching both domestically and aboard.

“Her mission is to ensure that opportunities exist for the children of (Northeast) Indiana to grow up and remain here, in the place they call home,” the announcement reads.

In particular, Adolph highlighted a “Crisis of Care” for seniors unable to access quality health or assisted care and a shortage of affordable, quality child care. The four campaign pillars on her website include: economy, education, rights and care.

A competitive race

Adolph marks the 14th entry into the race, though only six Republican candidates have reported any campaign donations to the Federal Election Commission: State Sen. Andy Zay, former Allen Circuit Court Judge Wendy Davis, former Third Congressional Rep. Marlin Stutzman, Army veterans Jon Kenworthy and Michael Felker, and Adams County resident Eric Whalen.

The only Democrat to have any campaign donations reported so far is Phil Goss, who taught in Poland and operates a family farm.

The other candidates include four Republicans — Scott Wise, Chandler Likes, Grant Bucher and Tim Smith — and two Democrats — Bradley Nestor and Jo Anderson.

According to the Secretary of State’s Office, candidates have until February to file for the 2024 seat.


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Whitney Downard
Whitney Downard

A native of upstate New York, Whitney previously covered statehouse politics for CNHI’s nine Indiana papers, focusing on long-term healthcare facilities and local government. Prior to her foray into Indiana politics, she worked as a general assignment reporter for The Meridian Star in Meridian, Mississippi. Whitney is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University (#GoBonnies!), a community theater enthusiast and cat mom.