Former LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo to run for long-held Democratic seat

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Republicans are making a push to flip an Indiana congressional seat they haven’t held for 92 years.

Former LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo has announced she’s running for the northwest Indiana seat of Frank J. Mrvan. Milo served as Governor Holcomb’s secretary of career connections.

Republicans haven’t come within 12 points of winning the seat since 1956, and as recently as 2016, they didn’t even field a candidate. But President Trump ran well there in both his campaigns, and Mrvan got just 57-percent of the vote when he won his first term in 2020. Republican polling suggests President Biden is now unpopular there. Milo says there’s “shared frustration” in northwest Indiana and nationally about Democratic policies

Milo says Congress needs to change courses to reduce inflation and regulation, though she steered clear of specifics on what needs to be changed or how.

“There are horrible policies that have been brought forward, and there need to be different kinds of thoughtful conversations where we’re not trying to overregulate the different types of economic factors,” Milo says.

Milo says the manufacturing-heavy district can be a magnet for innovation.

Two other Republicans, Ben Ruiz and Aaron Storer, have already filed for the seat. Eight-time nominee Mark Leyva has indicated he’ll enter the race before the February 4 filing deadline.

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