State Rep. Christina Hale, D-Indianapolis, said Monday she won’t run for an open U.S. Senate seat and plans instead to maintain her focus on serving in the state legislature.
“So many people, friends, neighbors, and other Hoosiers encouraged me to run for U.S. Senate in 2016, but I’ve decided against running and will seek re-election to my state representative seat,” Hale said.
“I’ll continue to work to find ways to keep fixing problems that face Hoosiers every day with my colleagues in the Indiana legislature and anyone else willing to roll up their sleeves and tackle the important issues,” she said in a statement.
Republican Sen. Dan Coats announced earlier this year that he would not run for reelection in 2016. Since then, former congressman Baron Hill announced he would seek the Democratic nomination in the race and Republicans Eric Holcomb and Marlin Stutzman, a U.S. House member representing the 3rd District, are seeking the GOP nomination.
John Zody, chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party said Democrats and Hoosiers should be proud to have Hale seek reelection to the legislature.
“Representative Hale has proven that she’s all about results in the Indiana General Assembly,” Zody said in a statement. “I know we’ll continue to see her finding solutions and working hard.”
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