The list of potential Republican candidates to replace Indiana Third District Congressman Mark Souder continues to grow.
Indiana state Representative Wes Culver of Goshen says he has formed an exploratory committee after receiving many phone calls and e-mails encouraging him to consider running.
Culver says he has met with the committee and members of his family, and that he is “very optimistic about the possibility.” He says he will announce a final decision in the next few days.
Culver is serving his first term in the Indiana House, elected to the District 21 seat representing much of Elkhart County in 2008. The Goshen realtor defeated long-time state Representative John Ulmer in that year’s GOP primary.
Culver’s announcement means there are half-a-dozen names on the list of Republicans who may seek the nomination.
State Senator Marlin Stutzman of Howe, rumored to be a front-runner, is expected to announce Thursday morning whether or not he will enter the race. Stutzman finished second with nearly 30 percent of the vote in the GOP Senate Primary to former Senator Dan Coats’ almost 40 percent finish.
Souder’s primary opponents Bob Thomas and Phil Troyer, and Fort Wayne City Councilwoman Liz Brown are also names mentioned as potential candidates. The Thomas campaign indicated the car dealer may announce his intentions Thursday morning, as well.
State Representative Randy Borror of Fort Wayne is the only one, so far, to officially throw a hat into the ring.