Crider announces run for Congress

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS — State Sen. Mike Crider, R-Greenfield, officially announced that he is a candidate for the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives currently occupied by U.S. Rep. Luke Messer.

Messer, who currently holds the seat for Indiana’s 6th District, which stretches across 19 counties in Indiana from Muncie down to the Ohio River is running for the U.S. Senate. He faces U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita in the Republican primary. Crider’s state Senate seat, District 28, covers Hancock County and parts of Marion and Shelby counties.

Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield
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“Hoosiers, like all Americans, want our federal government to get down to business and solve the problems at hand,” Crider said in a news release. “I want to be part of the solution.”

Before his tenure in the Senate, Crider spent 30 years in the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as director of DNR’s Division of Law Enforcement. He worked his way up to the rank of colonel before retiring.

When former State Senator Beverly Gard retired from her position in the Senate in 2012, Crider ran for the position and won. Gard is serving as chair for his run for the Congressional seat.

Crider’s fundraising is off to a strong start. His campaign already has $100,000 in contributions, said Dana Caldwell, Crider’s campaign finance chairman. “I am excited to be on Mike’s team because I trust him, and I am certain Indiana will trust him too.”

Crider and his wife, Sherri, live in Greenfield and have two sons and four grandchildren. is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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