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Monday, June 26, 2017 1:00 am

Tritch confirms run for 3rd District seat

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne woman announced Sunday on social media that she will seek the Democratic Party's nomination in northeast Indiana's 3rd Congressional District next year.

Courtney Tritch, former vice president of marketing for the economic development group Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, said in a Facebook video that she will run for the seat occupied by Republican freshman Rep. Jim Banks of Columbia City.

Tritch said in the minute-long video that she will provide information about her candidacy at an “official campaign launch event” July 6. 

The Journal Gazette reported June 13 that backers of a 3rd District Democratic candidate were planning a July 6 announcement at Foster Park. At the time, organizers would neither confirm nor deny speculation that Tritch was that candidate.

In her video Tritch said, “I'm so excited to announce today that that rumor is indeed true.”

Tritch, who operates a marketing firm called Courtney Tritch Consulting, would become the third announced Democratic candidate for Banks' seat, joining David Roach and Tommy Schrader, both of Fort Wayne. The 3rd District, which consists of 10 counties in northeast Indiana and parts of two others, has not sent a Democrat to Congress since Jill Long in 1992.

Tritch said in her Sunday video that she will “be out and around in all of the counties in the next couple of weeks” but that people will have to wait until July 6 to learn “all the details” of her candidacy, including, “What does she stand for?”

Tritch is a co-founder of Progressive Social Hour, which describes itself as a nonpartisan social networking group that supports equal rights for the LGBT community and reproductive rights and equal pay for women.

On May 8, she joined two dozen people at the downtown Allen County Public Library to protest Banks' vote in favor of legislation to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care Act. Banks was inside to meet with winners of the Congressional Art Competition.

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