Carmel businessman joins race for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District


Carmel businessman Raju Chinthala, a Republican, has joined the race for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District.

The seat is held by U.S. Rep. Victoria Spartz, a Republican who announced in February she would not seek reelection. Noblesville state Rep. Chuck Goodrich, nonprofit president Matthew Peiffer and business owner Sid Mahant previously announced campaigns for the seat in the May 2024 Republican primary.

Chinthala is founder and president of the Indiana India Business Council and a senior advisor for India at the Indiana Economic Development Corp. He also serves as treasurer of the Hamilton County Republican Party.

Born in India, Chinthala moved to the U.S. in 1994 and relocated to the Hoosier state in 1996.

“My experience in Indiana has been varied and successful and helped me to understand this community and its great people,” Chinthala stated. “I’ve been a speech-language pathologist, helping thousands through their difficulties. As a businessman, I’ve managed various enterprises, helped create better health care and been a key player in  acquiring investments in our state and our country totaling more than $500 million.”

Chinthala has been recognized for his efforts with the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award from President Joe Biden and has received the Sagamore of the Wabash twice – once from former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and more recently by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Chinthala is married to Dr. Prasanna Chinthala. They have a son, Anoop.