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January 27, 2012

Young, again

Incumbent U.S. Rep. files for re-election in New Albany

NEW ALBANY — Todd Young said his platform for his 2012 campaign will resemble his 2010 effort, when he captured Indiana’s 9th District U.S. House seat from incumbent Democrat Baron HIll.

Jobs, the economy and efficient federal spending are the key issues for Young, who stopped in New Albany Friday to file his election paperwork at the Floyd County Clerk’s office.

“I wouldn’t call this a sequel to 2010, this is a continuation,” said Young, a Republican from Bloomington.

Though the plan was turned down by the Senate, Young touted the House 2012 budget he supported which called for a $6 trillion cut in spending over a decade by reforming programs like Medicaid, food stamps and housing assistance.

He also cited his efforts in opposition to cap-and-trade and his vote to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care plan as notable accomplishments since he took office in 2011.

“We just need more reinforcements in the Senate and the White House,” said Young of his hopes that Republicans will gain a majority in the Senate and a GOP candidate will win the presidential race.

Young conceded there’s no such thing as a perfect candidate, and said he hasn’t decided which of the four GOP presidential hopefuls he supports, but again stated his disdain for Obama’s policies which he said have failed the American people.

“I will say I think any of those four candidates will be an improvement over President Obama,” Young said.

The 9th District has changed since HIll and Young faced off in 2010. The Indiana General Assembly redrew the Congressional district maps last year, and the 9th District now touches all or part of 13 counties as opposed to 20.

In a memo to members of the media, Young’s Campaign Advisor Trevor Foughty pointed to the new map as a tool for GOP candidates because of the inclusion of a more traditional conservative voting base in the 9th District.

Foughty added that when the numbers are finalized, they will show Young raised more than $765,000 in 2011 for his campaign.

Young will likely have at least a $500,000 advantage over any candidate in the 9th District once the financial reports are made public later this month, Foughty said.

Young will first have to win the May 8 GOP primary, though it’s unlikely he will face any close competition.

One of Young’s potential  opponents for the general election, Democrat Robert Winningham, is hosting a kickoff reception at his New Albany campaign headquarters today.

Winningham — an economic development director and aide to former Indiana U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton — will be at his office at 418 E. Main St. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to talk to people about the election and his views.

Winningham is a native of Charlestown, and announced his candidacy for the 9th District House seat last year. You can learn more about him at www.winningham4congress.com.

Jonathan George has also filed to run in the Democratic primary. George is a U.S. Air Force veteran who served on President Barack Obama’s National Security Staff in 2007.

Go the website www.georgeforcongress.com to learn more about the candidate.

Young is also hosting a campaign kickoff event today in New Albany, as he will be at Aebersold Florist at 1217 Silver St. from noon to 2 p.m.

The primary for federal, state and local elections will be held May 8.

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