Rep. Brad Ellsworth Will Seek Indiana Senate Seat
by Charles Lemos, Fri Feb 19, 2010 at 11:53:29 AM EST
Democratic Congressman Brad Ellsworth, who represents the Eight Congressional District in Indiana, is set to announce that he will seat the Senate seat left vacant by the retirement of Senator Evan Bayh.
More details from WFIE-Evansville:
Democratic Congressman Brad Ellsworth told 14 News Friday morning that he has decided he wants to take Evan Bayh's place in the U.S. Senate.
Ellsworth is in his second term from southwestern Indiana's 8th district and has been mentioned as a possible choice for Democrats since Bayh's unexpected announcement Monday that he wouldn't seek a third Senate term.
The 51-year-old Ellsworth has won by big margins in both his congressional campaigns.
He was a career police officer and was twice elected as sheriff in Vanderburgh County sheriff.
Others have expressed interest in being the Democratic nominee like Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.
On Thursday, the representatives with the Democratic party said they had spoke with State Representative Trent VanHaaften about running for Ellsworth's congressional seat if he decides to run for Senate.