Greg Pence files for Congress

Columbus businessman Greg Pence, who announced more than three months ago that he intended to run for Congress, has made that official.

Pence, 61, filed the required paperwork in Indianapolis on Monday at the office of Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson to be a candidate in the Republican primary for Indiana’s 6th congressional district.

The 6th District includes 19 counties, stretching from northeast to southeast Indiana, and includes some of the central and south-central regions of the state. It is currently held by Republican Luke Messer, a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Pence’s brother, Vice President and former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, represented the district for 12 years prior to Messer.

Pence’s filing adds to a growing field of candidates wishing to represent the 6th District. It also includes Republicans Mike Campbell, Cambridge City; Thomas Ferkinhoff, Richmond; and Jonathan Lamb, Muncie; and Democrats Jeannine Lee Lake, Muncie; K. (Jasen) Lave, Covington; Jim Pruett, Greensburg; and Lane Siekman, Aurora.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at johannesen@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5639.