INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WISH) - A group of state lawmakers is backing Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold in the race for U.S. Rep. Dan Burton's seat.
Eight state senators and three representatives are supporting the former Olympic figure skater in May's Fifth District Republican primary. Burton announced in January he would not run for re-election in the largely conservative district. He has since endorsed Seybold for the seat.
Republicans vying for the seat have begun lining up major endorsements in the race. Former U.S. Rep. Dave McIntosh has been endorsed by former Vice President Dan Quayle, the anti-tax Club for Growth and tea party organizer FreedomWorks. Former federal prosecutor Susan Brooks is being backed by Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and a pair of former Indiana Republican chairmen.
Endorsing Seybold on Tuesday were Sen. Mike Delph, Sen. Luke Kenley, Sen. Jim Buck, Sen. Jim Banks, Sen. Travis Holdman, Rep. Eric Turner, Rep. Mike Karickhoff and Rep. Kevin Mahan.
Seybold is currently serving his third term as mayor of his hometown of Marion, the county seat of Grant County.
"I greatly appreciate the support of this outstanding group of state legislators," Seybold said in a news release. "Working together, with strong conservative principles and our desire to do what's right for Hoosiers, we will create jobs and promote strong economic development in the Fifth District and across Indiana."
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