LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – We’re just one day away from Election Day.
U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita is running for a third term. His opponent in the Republican primary is Kevin Grant, an Army veteran who thinks Rokita can be beaten without having to spend a dime.
Rokita is running for another term in Indiana’s District 4 after serving for eight years as Indiana’s Secretary of State.
In a pre-recorded statement from Washington Rokita had this reason for running again, “I am running for Congress to continue fighting for all people so they can build better lives for themselves and their families.”
His statement did not answer a News 18 request for which action or vote he was most proud of from the previous two years. He did bring up the national debt, a problem he has met with constituents about several times in his last term.
“A lot of time the truth is not pleasant to hear. But the truth is this: We are $17 trillion in debt and on our way to $200 trillion, making the current generation the first in our history to leave the next one worse off,” said Rokita. “For three years, I have proposed solutions for this mess. I think that’s the leadership that this country needs.”
The challenger in the Republican primary is Grant.
“I have an excellent shot,” he said.
Grant’s a 19-year military veteran who is currently in the Army National Guard. For 15 years, he’s worked as a financial adviser and is the owner of Allegiance Wealth Management Group in Lafayette.
“As a decorated combat veteran, father and husband, I feel like it’s time to make a change in District 4,” said Grant.
Grant says his top three priorities are protecting Social Security benefits for seniors, creating jobs, and improving education especially for children with special needs.
He pledges to not raise or spend any money in both this primary campaign and, if he prevails Tuesday, in the November general election.
“It’s the power of the people that’s important. Their vote, their voice will be heard in Washington, D.C.,” said Grant.
Grant said his combat experience with three tours overseas, including twice in the Middle East, helped teach him to prioritize and learn values like discipline and loyalty.
“I’m disappointed in the way that the country is going. District 4, there are people here who are disappointed with what’s going on. Their voices are not being heard, so I’m here to help and assist them to get their voice to be heard in Congress,” Grant added.
The winner in the primary on the Republican side will face the winner of the five people in the Democratic primary: Jeff Blaydes, John Dale, John Futrell, Roger Day and Howard Pollchik.