Clear leaders emerged early in contests for Republican and Democratic nominations to fill the seat of Fifth District Congresswoman Susan Brooks.
Brooks is retiring at the end of her term this year, causing a flood of both new and well-known local political figures to throw their name in the hat for the seat. But from the initial reports of absentee ballots to the final poll results, Republican Victoria Spartz and Democrat Christina Hale over their opponents on election night.
Spartz, Indiana’s District 20 state senator representing Noblesville, beat 14 in the pool to earn the Republican nomination.
“I would like to thank the great people of Indiana’s 5th Congressional District for placing their trust in me to be their nominee for Congress,” Spartz said in a statement. “I also want to thank my family and supporters who spent countless hours helping me. My candidacy, and tonight’s victory, also prove that the American Dream is alive and well, and voters want a representative who will defend it. As Margaret Thatcher once said, ‘Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.’ I would add by the philosophy of freedom.”
Hale, a former state representative, stood out among a Democratic pool of four others and stayed just ahead of Carmel’s Dee Thornton as results came in quickly.
“Our community is facing unprecedented challenges, and I’m committed to taking action on the issues most critical to families across (the Fifth District),” Hale said in a statement. “Whether it’s the lack of access to affordable health care during a global pandemic, or the economic crisis that has forced over half a million Hoosiers to file for unemployment, our problems are too grave to waste time on partisan politics.”
Spartz and Hale will face off in the Nov. 3 general election. Libertarian Ken Tucker also is running for the 5th District. For more on the candidates, visit spartzforcongress.com, haleforcongress.com and aguyfromindiana.com.