INDIANAPOLIS | Republican Mark Leyva hopes the fifth time will be the charm against U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky.
The Highland carpenter and Tea Party activist says he has little money and less name recognition despite four previous challenges to the region's congressman since 1985. But in what could be a Republican wave year, Leyva hopes he'll get swept into Congress, too.
"This race is not about Mark Leyva. It's bigger than Mark Leyva. It's about taking back our country and stopping big government and wasteful spending," Leyva said.
If elected, Leyva said he would work to repeal the health reform law and vote for economic policies that will give businesses certainty about regulations in the future.
"They don't want to take a risk because they do not know the cost of doing business," he said.
Visclosky, a Merrillville Democrat, said he is seeking a 14th term in the U.S. House to "continue working to serve our troops and veterans, protect our domestic manufacturing base, address our nation's budget deficit and create better educational and economic opportunities for our next generation."
As chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, Visclosky said he has looked out for one of the region's biggest industries by voting against cap-and-trade legislation and trying to halt Chinese trade policies that undercut the competitiveness of American steel.
Libertarian Jon Morris, of Valparaiso, also is running in Indiana's 1st Congressional District, which includes all of Lake, Newton and Benton counties and most of Porter and Jasper counties.