Four candidates are vying for the Fifth Congressional District seat left open after incumbent U.S. Rep. Victoria Spartz declined to run. (Getty Images)
When U.S. Rep. Victoria Spartz declined to run for re-election, she opened up her Fifth Congressional District seat for the taking — with the list growing to four candidates following a weekend announcement.
Raju Chinthala, a speech-language pathologist and business owner, released an advertisement Saturday proclaiming his intention to run for the vacancy.
“I will be a leader who truly serves you and believes in freedom from government intrusion in our daily lives,” Chinthala said. “… I’m running to give back to this nation; I’m running to be your true conservative voice in Washington D.C.”
Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings withdrew from the race last month following a “significant health event,” according to the Anderson Herald-Bulletin.
Both leading fundraisers are candidates who loaned $1 million each to their campaigns in the most recent quarter: Mahant and Goodrich, of Noblesville. Goodrich has raised an additional $280,000.
No Democrats have filed to run for the seat, according to the FEC. The Indiana Secretary of State’s website doesn’t yet include a list of 2024 candidates.
Previously, the fifth district was slightly competitive and attracted national dollars and attention but became more safely Republican following redistricting in 2021 with the exclusion of Marion County. The Fifth Congressional District includes the municipalities of Anderson, Kokomo, Muncie, Noblesville, Marion and Tipton.
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