FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Former Fort Wayne City Councilwoman Liz Brown announced Wednesday that she’s running for Indiana’s Third District Congressional seat. She currently represents District 15 in the Indiana State Senate.

Brown is joining a race that includes Dr. Pam Galloway, Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) and Scott Wise.

The Third District seat is being left open by Congressman Marlin Stutzman, who announced on May 9 that he’s running for Sen. Dan Coats’ seat when Coats retires at the end of his term.The following excerpt is from Brown’s announcement Wednesday:

“I entered into public service after years of volunteer work, because I knew that at a local level and then at the state level, that we could lay a better foundation, a stronger foundation, so that our children and grandchildren could continue the self-made successes of our grandparents. I have applied my strong voice, a deep faith, and an immutable conviction to finding local and state level solutions. But today we are at a juncture in our government in Washington, D.C. where we need people, more than ever, who are not afraid to speak out in order to affirm that our constitutional democratic principles and our faith are not broken or wavering. Now is the time to reshape our economy and reaffirm our role as a leader on the global stage. I want to be your voice in Washington, and so I hope you will join me in that journey, as I am declaring, this day, that I am officially a candidate for the House of Representatives, for the Third Congressional District seat in Indiana.”

The primary election is May 3, 2016.