Dan Burton narrowly won re-nomination last year, with 70% of Republicans splitting their votes among six challengers. Brooks said the vote shows the district is ready for new leadership.
“There are just so many people that are frustrated with the leadership and the ideas that are coming from Washington and it felt like the right time to really get involved and try help tackle some of our nation’s greatest problems,” Brooks said.
Former Marion County Coroner John McGoff is already pursuing his third straight challenge to Burton. Brooks says she‘s not concerned about splitting the anti-Burton vote again, even as former congressman David McIntosh also considers a run.
“This is a new 5th District. Some of the counties that were in the 5th are no longer in the 5th and some new areas are in the 5th that weren’t previously,” she said.
Brooks said her work as an Ivy Tech vice president the last four years gives her the experience to bring jobs to the district by focusing on improving education and training.