Tom Spangler says he will file his paperwork this afternoon to seek the democratic nomination in this May’s primary.
In a news release, the 63-year old Spangler says, ““I’m running because since 2012, Congress has only gotten more reckless and irresponsible and Congressman (Larry) Bucshon is part of the problem.”
Spangle owns L.U.I. Plus… a company that markets and distributes commercial furniture.
He says he will use his small business experience to cut spending and strengthen the economy.
Spanger is a Michigan native who moved to Jasper in 1984 to work for Executive Furniture. In 2002, he bought Baltimore-based L.U.I. Plus and moved it to Jasper.
Spanger is a born-again Christian. He has served as an ordained deacon for more than 25 years. He serves as director of the outreach program at Fellowship Baptist in Jasper. He also teaches Sunday school and assists with the youth program.
Spangler and his wife, Penny, have been married for 43 years. They have two children, Amy Haas of Jasper and Thomas Andrew of Indianapolis, and six grandchildren.
Spangler is the fourth person to announce they will challenge Republican incumbent Larry Bucshon for his congressional seat.
Buschon, who is seeking a third two-year term will face Freedom businessman Andrew McNeil in the Republican primary.
Spangler will be challenged by William Bryk in Democratic primary. Bryk is a bankruptcy attorney from Brooklyn, N.Y.. In 2012, he filed for a congressional seat in both Indiana and Wyoming. The U.S. Constitution restricts only members of Congress to reside in the state they represent when an election is held.
Libertarian Party candidate Andrew Horning has announced he will also run for the 8th District seat. Horning ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2008 and senator in 2012.