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April 26, 2014

Democrats facing uphill battle in 5th District

Three first-time candidates seeking nomination

ANDERSON — The three Democrats seeking to win the party’s nomination in the 5th Congressional District are facing an uphill battle in what is considered to be one of the strongest Republican seats in the country.

Allen R. Davidson, Shawn Denney and David Ford are all seeking their first political office and the winner in the May 6 primary will likely face incumbent Republican Susan Brooks.

After spending many years in the banking industry, Denney became a history teacher in 2012. He stated he is a Democrat because it’s the party that promotes equality and fairness.

Davidson, an engineer with the Indiana Department of Transportation, said a change in the Hatch Act allowed him to run for the office.

Ford said he is a full-time candidate after serving eight years in the U.S. Air Force as a weather forecaster.

During the campaign Ford maintains that a Democrat can only win in the district by forming a coalition with Republicans and independents. He regularly attends meetings of the Madison County Tea Party.

“I looked at local and state races,” he said. “I thought I had a better chance in a federal election.”

Ford described Brooks as a weak candidate who has failed to motivate her base.

Davidson has worked for INDOT and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and considers himself the best candidate to defeat Brooks.

“I’ve done a lot for Indiana and have a lot to offer,” he said.

Denney said noting party affiliation is important in light of the fact that Ford has not denied his affiliations to the Tea Party movement.

“The Republican majority in Washington has proven to be an obstacle to progress,” he said. “Electing me to Congress is one step on removing that barrier and helping America move forward.”

Davidson said he is focusing on simplifying the federal tax code if elected to the U.S. House.

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