The Republican primary race for Indiana’s 7th district seat in Indianapolis is mainly between two contenders. One is just starting his political career, and the other has run for many offices in Indiana. The incumbent, Andre Carson, a Democrat, is running unopposed.
There are five contenders vying to run against Carson this fall. Carlos May and Marvin Scott are at the top of the list. Both are staunch fiscal conservatives who oppose raising taxes and the recent federal healthcare reform measure.
Thirty-year old Carlos May has a law degree and works for Indianapolis Republican Mayor Greg Ballard. May says if he wins the seat, he doesn’t want to become a career politician. “I don’t have to make decisions based off of fear of losing the next election, because I won’t be doing this forever,” May said.
Marvin Scott is a professor of Sociology at Butler University. The 60-year old has run for many Indiana Congressional seats but so far has not won any. Scott says, “I have run as many times as Abraham Lincoln ran before he won his first race, and I’ve run because I think I am the best qualified candidate.”
7th district voters can choose between Scott, May and three other candidates on primary day, Tuesday, May 4th.