By Megan Banta
Monroe County Council member Shelli Yoder today announced that she will run for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District.
Yoder, a Democrat, successfully garnered the Democratic nomination for the seat in 2012 but lost to incumbent Rep. Todd Young in the general election. Young announced earlier this summer that he is vacating the seat to run for the U.S. Senate spot currently held by Dan Coats, a Republican who isn’t seeking re-election next year.
Yoder is the first Democrat to announce her intention to run.
“I’m a different kind of Democrat, and I will always put common sense over partisan ideology,” Yoder said Monday morning in a press release announcing her campaign. “I believe good government and a strong private sector can work together without leaving hard-working Hoosier families behind, and I have a proven track record of working across the aisle to solve tough problems as a public servant.
“More than anything, I understand as the mom of three young children that you can’t fix anything if folks are always fussing and fighting. It’s time to put petty politics aside and move all communities and Hoosiers in the Ninth District forward,” Yoder added.
Yoder, who lives in Bloomington with her husband, Josh Perry, and their three children, currently is vice president on the council and teaches an award-winning business course to all undergraduates enrolled at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
In her campaign announcement, Yoder laid out what she would like to see Central and Southern Indiana become: “a place that rewards people who work hard and take chances.”
“We must rebuild a place where our kids and grandkids can find good-paying jobs and strong schools, where entrepreneurs can thrive, where everyone feels safe and welcome, and where a ZIP code doesn’t determine your destiny,” she said.