Dee Thornton

Emily Cox / WFYI

Democrat Dee Thornton is running for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. She kicked off her campaign Monday.

Thornton ran against Republican Susan Brooks in the 5th District in 2018, and got nearly 44% of the vote as a first time candidate. It was the best showing for a Democrat since the district was drawn in 2002.

Thornton says her top priorities haven’t changed much since last year.

Christina Hale Announces Run For Congress

Jul 12, 2019

Former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Christina Hale announced Thursday she’s running for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. Hale is the second Democrat to throw their hat in the ring since incumbent Republican Susan Brooks announced she wouldn’t seek re-election.

Hale served in the General Assembly from 2012 until 2016, when she ran for lieutenant governor.

She will face Democrat Dee Thornton in the primary. Thornton will officially announce her candidacy on July 15. Hale says her political background sets her apart from her primary opponent.