Republican State Senator Mike Crider of Greenfield is dropping out of the race for Congress in the 6th Congressional District.
In a Facebook post today, Crider cited money as his main reason for exiting.
A copy is posted below.
After extensive discussions with my campaign team and my family, I have decided to withdraw as a candidate for the United States Congress in Indiana’s sixth district. Unfortunately, congressional campaigns are very expensive endeavors and due to that we have determined that we do not and likely will not have the ability to spread our message as widely as will be required to achieve victory in May. While disappointed the campaign has come to an end, I am at peace with this decision and know that we all worked hard to put together a winning strategy.
The only negative to this whole adventure is that I find myself a bit jaded as I realize that this scenario is likely playing out in races all across the country. People who would be quality candidates simply cannot participate because they cannot afford to self finance campaigns and the political establishment locks down the remaining financial support. I hope that whomever is successful in this contest is serious about having the responsibilities of the position and not just having the position. There is much work to be done.
As for me, I remain committed to serving as State Senator in District 28 and trying to make a difference wherever and whenever I can. The trust that the people I represent have placed in me remains the honor of my lifetime. Sherri and I will always be grateful for the kindness and encouragement many of you continually extend. May God continue to bless the great state of Indiana and these United States.”
Crider’s departure leaves three main contenders, Greg Pence, brother of Vice-President Mike Pence, Muncie businessman Jonathan Lamb, and veteran Stephen Mackenzie.
The seat is being vacated by Luke Messer who is running for the U.S. Senate.