Seymour native, Baron Hill, files for U.S. Senate race

Former U.S. Congressman Baron Hill, a Democrat and Seymour resident, filed yesterday to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Dan Coats.

Hill represented southeastern Indiana’s congressional district and served for five terms. He was first elected in 1998 and lost to Mike Sodrel after three terms, then held office for four more years before losing to current Congressman Todd Young.

Hill is the only Democrat to file for the U.S. Senate. Republicans Young, Marlin Stutzman and Eric Holcomb have filed to run on the Republican side.

Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican from Columbus, and Democrat John Gregg have both turned in their signatures to the secretary of state’s office and are the only candidates so far to enter their party’s governor’s race. The two will be in a rematch of their 2012 race.

Local candidates who are interested in filing to run in this year’s countywide elections can still do so until noon tomorrow. In Bartholomew County, you can file at the voter registration office in the county courthouse.