Allen County Councilman Justin Busch is piling up the endorsements in his quest to replace Sen. David Long, R-Fort Wayne.
Busch announced in April that he will run in the GOP caucus to fill Long's remaining term when he leaves in November. The Senate District 16 term runs through 2020.
Busch worked in the administration of former President George W. Bush and served as a former aide to U.S. Sens. Dan Coats and Richard Lugar. He is currently the northeast Indiana director for U.S. Sen. Todd Young.
Not surprisingly Young has come out in support of Busch's candidacy, saying "I have known Justin since before I was elected to Congress in 2010. His experience, conviction, and relationships will allow him to serve the people of Senate District 16 very well. From helping me on my first run for office, to representing me in northeast Indiana, Justin has proven time and again his ability to get things done. His passion and enthusiasm for northeast Indiana will make Justin an excellent Senator for residents of our region at the Statehouse."
U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, who represents all of Northeast Indiana in Congress, and served in the Indiana State Senate from 2010-2016, added “Justin Busch has the right experience and values to be an effective, conservative leader for Whitley and Allen Counties at the Statehouse."
Other supporters include state Reps. Martin Carbaugh and Bob Morris, Allen County Sheriff Dave Gladieux, former Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries, Allen County Auditor Nick Jordan, and five former and current Allen County Council Presidents: Paula Hughes, Paul Moss, Tom Harris, Larry Brown, and current President Joel Benz.