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Zoeller Announces He'll Run For Ninth District Seat

Lauren Clark
Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is making his first bid for federal office, announcing Monday he will join a crowded field seeking to replace Ninth District Congressman Todd Young.

Zoeller says as Attorney General he’s repeatedly battled what he sees as overreach by the federal government, defending Indiana’s right to make its own decisions on everything from EPA regulations to the Affordable Care Act. 

The southern Indiana native says he’s running for Congress to continue that battle.

“We really need to get somebody in Washington who can get them to ‘Yes’ – you know, kinda my theme about trying to get people to work together – and address the problems that aren’t being addressed,” Zoeller says.

Zoeller joins a GOP primary race that also features State Sens. Brent Waltz (R-Greenwood) and Erin Houchin (R-Salem) and Robert Hall, leader of the group Grassroots Conservatives. 

If Zoeller’s bid in the primary fails, he could still make another run for Attorney General next fall. 

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.