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6 seeking to win in 3rd District

Banks faces primary challenger; 4 Dems are on May ballot

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Two Republicans and four Democrats declared their candidacies in northeast Indiana's 3rd Congressional District ahead of Friday's filing deadline for the May 5 primary elections.

Rep. Jim Banks of Columbia City is being challenged in the Republican primary by Christopher Magiera, a physician who lives in Warsaw. Magiera's wife, Pam Galloway, ran in the 2016 primary won by Banks, then a state senator.

Banks seeks a third consecutive two-year term in the House in the Fort Wayne area district, which has been represented by Republican lawmakers since 1995.

Competing for the Democratic nomination are Ossian resident Chip Coldiron, a high school science teacher; motor carrier owner Jean-Paul Kalonji of Fort Wayne; tile installer Carlos Marcano Jr. of Roanoke; and perennial candidate Tommy Schrader of Fort Wayne.

Rep. Jackie Walorski of Jimtown in Elkhart County is being challenged by Christopher Glenn Davis in the Republican primary election in north-central Indiana's 2nd Congressional District, which includes parts of Kosciusko County. Walorski was first elected in 2012.

Seeking the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District are South Bend attorneys Ellen Marks and Patricia Hackett, who finished second among six candidates in the 2018 Democratic primary.

President Donald Trump is being challenged in the statewide Republican primary election by Bill Weld, former governor of Massachusetts. 

The nine candidates in the Democratic presidential primary field are former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, former vice president Joe Biden of Delaware, Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, former hedge fund investor Tom Steyer of California and entrepreneur Andrew Yang of New York.

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