State Sen. John Ruckelshaus will not seek the 5th CD.
State Sen. John Ruckelshaus will not seek the 5th CD.
By BRIAN A. HOWEY

INDIANAPOLIS - The open 5th CD race continued to take shape on Thursday with State Sen. John Ruckelshaus announcing he will seek reelection rather than mount a congressional race, while Indiana Treasurer Kelly Mitchell is in, filing FEC paperwork earlier this week.

It brings the Republican field looking to replace the retiring U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks to three. Mitchell is joining Noblesville pastor Micah Beckwith and former legislator Steve Braun in the race.

Ruckelshaus said in a statement, "I've had occasion this summer to reflect on my relationship to Indiana and how I can best serve the community I love so dearly. I was humbled to receive encouragement to run for Congress from across the district, and indeed, across the aisle, as many Democrats and Republicans alike thought I should give it a shot. It was gratifying to hear that the brand of politics that is my DNA – committing to bipartisan solutions and giving everyone a seat at the table – is endorsed by so many of my constituents."

But Ruckelshaus said, "It soon became clear that a run for Congress would be more about politics rather than focusing on the substance of the issues that I believe we need to address. Therefore, we have ultimately decided that the best way to continue serving my community is to stay in the State Senate."

Mitchell and Braun did not release statements after filing FEC documents.

The field is likely to grow, as former state senator Mike Delph told HPI on Monday that he continues to travel the district, but a decision won't come until after the November municipal elections. Delph said he did not want to detract from mayoral campaigns. Hamilton County businessman Terry Henderson is also look at a bid.

The Democrat field is also well stocked, with 2018 nominee Dee Thornton, former lieutenant governor nominee Christina Hale, Andrew Jacobs III and Jennifer Christie announcing they are in.