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U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita

Munster native U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Brownsburg, along with wife Kathy Rokita announces his run for U.S. Senate in August at the Centennial Park clubhouse in Munster.

INDIANAPOLIS — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Rokita has changed his mind and no longer will boycott the sole independently organized debate ahead of the May 8 primary election.

In a statement released Tuesday, Rokita spokesman Nathan Brand said the Munster native, four-term congressman and former Indiana secretary of state still affirms that only Republican entities should host Republican debates.

Nevertheless, Brand said, "Todd Rokita believes Hoosier conservatives deserve to know the truth so he will be participating in the liberal Indiana Debate Commission debate."

The Indiana Debate Commission is a nonpartisan organization that has hosted 18 candidate debates — in both primary and general elections — since it was founded in 2007 with a mission of "putting voters first."

Hoosiers can submit questions for the April 30 GOP U.S. Senate debate online by going to indianadebatecommission.com.

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Dan has reported on Indiana state government for The Times since 2009. He also covers casinos, campaigns and corruption.