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Steve Braun suspends campaign for Susan Brooks’ seat in Congress

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ZIONSVILLE, Ind.– Steve Braun announced Monday he is stepping away from the campaign trail for a while due to health issues.

Braun, who is the brother of U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, is running for the 5th Congressional District seat being given up by Republican Rep. Susan Brooks. He is a former Republican state representative from Zionsville who was appointed state workforce development commissioner by then-Gov. Mike Pence.

On Monday, Braun issued this statement:

“During an annual check-up with my doctor in September, an issue was identified that requires me to step away from campaigning for 5th District for the next few months.

“I am both frustrated and disappointed to have to suspend my campaign at this critical juncture. Now more than ever, we need to send individuals to Washington who have the capability, the experience and the willingness to address the problems we face.

“Our challenges are daunting, but not unsolvable if we are willing to act. I was running for Congress not merely to hold a position, but to bring a willingness to tackle our most pressing issues head-on. I believe it is imperative that as a nation we address what threatens our economic strength and individual liberties, namely: a $22 trillion national debt, soaring deficits, a massively expensive and over-regulated government health care system, and an education system that lacks accountability and does not adequately prepare today’s students for the actual demands of the current and future American workforce.

“It seems that too few candidates these days – of either political party – spend time addressing issues of importance to our nation and future generations. I had hoped to try. A campaign about these fundamental challenges may not have been exciting by today’s standards, but I had hoped to offer the voters of the 5th district both a somber and serious discussion about where we stand in the life of our nation, as well as a series of meaningful proposals for how we might set things right, if only we could summon the political courage.

“That will have to wait. Families across the country face unexpected circumstances every day, but this challenge just happened to confront me and my family as we were launching a campaign for Congress. Nevertheless, my health and family are my priorities, and they will be my focus in the months ahead.”

Braun unsuccessfully sought the 2018 Republican nomination in the neighboring 4th District.

Republican treasurer nominee Kelly Mitchell and Democratic lieutenant governor nominee Christina Hale are also campaigning for the seat.

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