Former Democratic state representative Bill Bailey is challenging Rep. Todd Young (IN-9) in the next election.
Bailey, who is the current Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce president and a former Seymour mayor, announced his candidacy Wednesday in front of the Social Security Administration building in Bloomington.
He says he will bring a new sense of productiveness to Congress.
“Congress is really the people we elect to represent us, and Congress will continue to be dysfunctional as long as we re-elect those that have shown their inability to get anything done except argue,” he said in a prepared statement. “Members of congress seem more interested and intent on finger pointing, political bickering and polarizing than governing.”
Bailey criticizes Congress for trying to hike up college tuition costs by raising the interest rates on Stafford loans and creating loopholes and tax advantages for Wall Street investment bankers while voting to cut the SNAP program.
He says today’s Congress creates fear and uncertainty of a government shutdown and only adds to the national debt.