Former GOP mayor bids Rep. Mrvan for Indiana seat

LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — A former Republican mayor in northwest Indiana has launched a campaign for the region’s congressional seat, signaling that the GOP is aiming to make its strongest bid in decades in the long-running district. was a Democratic stronghold.

Former LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo announced Friday that she would seek the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Rep. Frank Mrvan, who won his first term in 2020 after longtime Democratic Rep. Pete retired. Visclosky.

Milo is well-connected to Indiana’s Republican hierarchy, having spent four years as Gov. Eric Holcomb’s secretary for career and talent relations until his resignation last June. She is a Navy veteran and won her first election for mayor of LaPorte in 2011 at the age of 28 and was re-elected in 2015.

The 1st District runs along the shore of Lake Michigan in Indiana, encompassing all of Lake and Porter counties and part of LaPorte County. Democrats have generally won there by wide margins for decades, but Donald Trump has closed the gap with his appeal to working-class voters.

Milo said she would appeal to voters worried about inflation and the federal government’s overreach.

“Frustration with the results we are, and we are not, coming out of Washington, D.C., and the desire for a different kind of leadership and a different kind of representation than we have had in recent years” , Milo told The (Northwest Indiana) Times.

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