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Congressman Jim Banks files for re-election, seeks third term

Jim Banks

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Congressman Jim Banks, a two-term incumbent, filed to run for re-election on Friday.

U.S. Rep. Banks has served Indiana's Third District since 2017.

During his time on Capitol Hill, he's served on the House Armed Services Committee, Veteran Affairs Committee, and Education and Labor Committee.  

He issued a statement Friday on the filing:

“Our president is being dragged through a vindictive, groundless impeachment trial. Our military is facing down a murderous Iranian theocracy. Our economy is under assault by an exploitative Chinese regime that rejects the idea of fair trade. Our freedoms are under assault from a growing, radical left-wing. I have no doubt that the next two years will be some of the most consequential years in recent history. I’ve spent over three years now fighting for Hoosier values and interests in a rambunctious Congress. I'm proud of my record, and I know what it takes to get things done. I hope northeast Indiana voters give me the opportunity to continue partnering with our president and working to deliver results to northeast Indiana’s businesses, families, workers and service members."

- Congressman Jim Banks

Banks will have competition in the May Republican primary election: a long-time medical doctor wants to challenge for the seat on Capitol Hill.

Dr. Christopher Magiera of Kosciusko County has worked 37 years as a gastroenterologist.

READ MORE: Warsaw physician ready to take on Jim Banks in GOP primary

In 2018, Banks faced a well-organized and well-funded challenge from Democrat Courtney Tritch, and won easily.

Chip Coldiron and Carlos Marcano, are expected to run for the 3rd District Congressional seat on the Democratic Party ticket.

The primary election is set for May 5, 2020.

The general election will be held on Nov. 5, 2020.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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