The voters of the 5th Congressional District of Indiana are blessed to have several qualified candidates running for office in the Republican primary. It is a primary in one of the most Republican districts in the nation, so there isn't going to be a whole lot of ideological differences. So "character" should be more on the minds of voters than specific political issues.
But until the last two weeks, the bomb throwing was pretty low. And then it all blew up as if some type of Cold War pact was just broken.
But one candidate has remained above the fray while still having a chance to win.
That candidate is Wayne Seybold, the current mayor of Marion, Indiana.
I'm not going to try to spin his views as if they are somehow unique or exclusive to him, because they aren't. They all say they're pro-life, pro-gun, and conservatives in almost every aspect, and I take them at their word.
But Wayne is the only candidate running with significant executive office experience. That means he has crafted a city's budget on his own before. Not only will he know how to craft a budget, but he'll also know how the federal government's spending and regulations impact municipalities on the local level.
And that is something that is needed in today's Congress, that often seems disconnected from the people it supposedly represents.
He also has not demonized Democrats. He says he has a good working relationship with the many Democratic mayors in towns near Marion, and I believe he'd take that to Washington and be able to get things done.
If you live in the 5th Congressional district, I encourage you to cast a vote for Wayne Seybold.