Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Field Already Crowding to Replace Souder
By Jon Easter
CQ Politics is reporting that several Republicans are now vying to succeed the resigning Mark Souder even before the ink on Souder's resignation letter is dry.
Among the competitors are State Senator Marlin Stutzman, longtime GOP insider State Rep. Randy Borror, Souder's Primary election opponent Bob Thomas, and attorney Phil Troyer. CQ reports that there will be a GOP caucus to determine a party choice. This, of course, was the same method followed when Julia Carson passed away in the 7th District in late 2007. The January 2008 caucus attracted several candidates for that seat.
I'm assuming there will also be a Democratic caucus as well. By virtue of the primary win, Tom Hayhurst is the Democratic candidate for the General Election in November. I do not know if he plans to run for the seat in a Special Election.