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3rd District race pits Republican Banks versus Democrat Tritch

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - First term Republican incumbent 3rd District Congressman Jim Banks will face political newcomer and Democrat Courtney Tritch in the November election.

Banks ran unopposed, while Tritch easily defeated her two opponents. She received 79 percent of the votes, Schrader had 11 percent and Roberson came in with 10 percent of the votes.

A standing ovation at the Allen County Democratic Party's post-vote celebration welcomed Tritch along with chants. To that Tritch asked "is that the sound of change?"

Tritch said her strategy to take on Banks will be to continue the hard work of talking to the public and focusing on what they want the most. "We've been running a hard campaign for the past 10 months and we plan to continue that momentum and talking to even more people about the issues. There are issues that are affecting people's every day's lives. Those are not issues our current representative is talking about."

Banks issued a statement early Tuesday evening congratulating Tritch before calling her 'the most liberal candidate ever nominated in northeast Indiana' before going on to say, "If you like Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi, you will love Courtney Tritch."  Banks also stated he looks forward to running an issues oriented campaign.

Tritch issued her own statement which in part read, “Today was an important milestone on the road to November where I am confident the people of northeast Indiana will again stand up with me to fight for our health care, our public schools and a return to civility in Washington.” 

She is originally from Fort Wayne and has worked with the Downtown Improvement District and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership along with other organizations.

As for Banks, he's a native of Columbia City and serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve.  Before being elected to Congress, Banks served in the Indiana legislature. 


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