ANDERSON – U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks is being challenged in the May primary by Carmel tea party member David Stockdale in what is considered one of the most Republican districts in the nation.
Brooks emerged in 2012 in a seven-way race to replace retiring 5th District Congressman Dan Burton. This year she is facing two primary opponents — Stockdale, who is waging an active campaign, and David Campbell, who doesn’t reside in the district.
The Madison County Republican Party has endorsed the first-time congresswoman for the nomination in the May 6 primary.
“The one opponent had jumped in so early,” Brooks said of Stockdale’s candidacy. “It was my 100th day in office when I was told that I had an opponent. I thought to myself, I just arrived.
“I’m going to stay focused on the job and meet with and help as many constituents as I can,” she said. “Hopefully vote the way the voters in the district want me to vote in Washington.”
Stockdale, a member of the tea party movement, entered the race after Brooks voted to end the October 2013 government shutdown.
He wants to “eradicate” the wing of the Republican Party that ignores the Bill of Rights and to expand the size and scope of the federal government.
Brooks said she views herself as conservative and a problem solver.
“I like to accomplish things and solve problems,” she said. “We are the minority party in Washington. I believe we do have to have discussions with the other party to find a way to solve America’s problems.”
Brooks said she will not compromise on her principles of limited government, lower taxes, better education and getting out of the way of job creators.
Stockdale said his goal is to limit the power of the federal government to those spelled out specifically in the U.S. Constitution.