Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Bailey Throws Hat in Ring for Democratic Nomination in Indiana CD9

Bill Bailey
Today, Democrat Bill Bailey will officially announce his candidacy for Congress in Congressional District 9.  He'll do it in front of the Social Security Administration Building in Bloomington at 10:00 a.m. and again in New Albany in front of that city's Social Security Administration Building at 1:00 p.m.  The Southern Indiana Democrat is bidding to challenge incumbent Todd Young in November of 2014.

Bailey's campaign news release touts his experience as a past state legislator, former Mayor of Seymour, Chamber of Commerce President, and business owner as reasons why he's qualified to go to Congress in 2014.

In his news release, Bailey says he believes Congress is dysfunctional and needs new representation, "We need a representative in congress who believes in term limits and not congressional stepping stones and ladders to higher office. We need someone who knows what it is like not to have health insurance for his family. We need someone who believes that people deserve the same equal treatment as corporations. Like never before we need a congressional representative who isn’t owing to extremist factions and is willing to work across the political aisle to get things done – someone who will work for the futures of our children and grandchildren."

The 9th District was formerly represented by Democrats Lee Hamilton and Baron Hill, but the redistricting following the 2010 census was not particularly kind to Democrats.  Last time around, Shelli Yoder gave Congressman Young a good run but ended up losing to the ex-Marine, 55 to 45 percent.

More Democrats could potentially get into the race for the Democratic nomination against Bailey, but we'll see what happens over the coming months.

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