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Goshen attorney Straw to run for Congress

Now that he knows what district he will be living in in 2012, Andrew Straw is ready to run for Congress. The Goshen lawyer announced in March that he had formed a congressional exploratory committee. Given the redistricting process that was under way in the Indiana General Assembly, he said he remained unsure whether he would run in the 2nd or 3rd district. With the return of all of Elkhart

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 6, 2011 at 4:07 p.m.

GOSHEN -- Now that he knows what district he will be living in in 2012, Andrew Straw is ready to run for Congress.

The Goshen lawyer announced in March that he had formed a congressional exploratory committee. Given the redistricting process that was under way in the Indiana General Assembly, he said he remained unsure whether he would run in the 2nd or 3rd district.

With the return of all of Elkhart County to the 2nd District in the new maps, Straw said Thursday he will run there as a Democrat.

"There are many things to do, but we have to follow certain principles," he said. "We must control spending and the deficit. We must control gas prices and other inflation. Government must encourage job creation. Government must protect people and businesses from harm as one of its core roles."

Straw said, if elected, he will focus on the challenges of skyrocketing gas prices, deficit spending and increasing jobs. He would work to decrease demand for gas, speed up tax credits and reform the IRS.

Straw's biographical information lists him as a former employee of the Indiana Supreme Court and former assistant dean of Indiana University's Maurer School of Law. He briefly campaigned in 2010 to be slated on the ballot for Elkhart County Circuit Court judge, but dropped that request.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly will be up for re-election in 2012, but is considering running for U.S. Senate, in part due to the new maps making his district significantly more Republican. Former State Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Elkhart, has already declared her candidacy for 2012 after narrowly losing to Donnelly in 2010.




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