A former national security aide to President Barack Obama has announced his candidacy for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District. Brigadier General Jonathan George is the first Democrat to announce his intention to challenge incumbent Todd Young.
George served as a U.S. Air Force officer for more than 30 years. After retiring earlier this year, he returned to his family farm just outside Bedford.
General George says he is running to return southern Indiana to what it used to be when Lee Hamilton represented the area in Congress.
“I see a real need to help solve the problems that have racked southern Indiana such as lack of jobs, a poor economy, a lot of social metrics that show a sign of deterioration,” he says. “Since the mid 90s there is a marked decrease in the quality of life in southern Indiana, and I think the people deserve better representation in Washington D.C. to help straighten that out.”
George sounded a familiar theme, saying job creation and the economy are top priorities, but adding the district needs better representation in Washington.
Young says he is also frustrated and understands his constituents are too, especially with legislation he feels is too hard on business.
“They’re frustrated by the burden of federal regulation, which is making it hard to do business here in the United States,” he says. “They are looking for relief and we’re here to get some ideas on how we might provide that.”
Young defeated Baron Hill in 2010. From the beginning of Lee Hamilton’s first term in 1965 until the present, a Republican has only held the seat twice – for just three of the last 46 years.