COLUMBUS, Ind. — Columbus’ Allen Smith has ended his congressional campaign, saying it was pulling him away from his family too much.
“After talking with my family and some supporters (Thursday night), we have decided to go ahead and suspend the campaign,” Smith said Friday morning.
Smith was seeking the Republican nomination in the May primary for Indiana’s 6th District congressional seat. The seat is open because U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., is running for governor.
Earlier this week, Columbus’ John Hatter also ended his bid for the GOP nomination in the 6th District race.
Smith, a city firefighter, said his values are God first, family second and career and country third. But, his life has been a whirlwind since 2008, when he was elected Bartholomew County’s coroner.
After that he was a contestant on the reality TV show “The Biggest Loser.” He still has commitments with the show that take some of his time.
“I knew the time commitment,” Smith said about campaigning. “What I didn’t know was the effect it would have on the family.”
With a daughter entering the eighth grade in the fall, Smith said he wants to have plenty of time for her.
The support Smith received while campaigning encouraged him. Smith said he might consider another run for elected office in the future.
Like Hatter, Smith also is endorsing Luke Messer for the GOP nomination in the 6th District primary.