Jared Thomas officially files for 4th District race

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Jared Thomas

WEST LAFAYETTE—Jared Guy Thomas, a West Point graduate, former Army captain and Bronze Star recipient, has officially filed to be on the ballot in the May 8 Republican Primary for Indiana’s 4th U.S. Congressional District.

The 4th District seat is the position vacated by Republican Todd Rokita, who is running for U.S. senator.

“Four months ago, I made a promise to the people of the 4th District,” Thomas said in a press release. “I made a promise to my friends, my family, and to the folks that raised me here in the 4th.

“I promised that I would fight the overwhelming odds in a dedicated effort to truly serve each and every one of them. I promised that I would do everything in my power to win this race so that we could have a representative that puts the United States of America and Indiana’s 4th District over personal interests, political parties, lobbyists, special interest groups and politics as a career. I promised to overcome the institutional barriers that so often insulate the political elite from true challenges to the status quo. I intend to keep that promise.”

Thomas, born in Indianapolis, attended William Henry Harrison High School in West Lafayette. Earning nominations from Rep. Steve Buyer and Sen. Richard Lugar, Thomas went on to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in American politics.

He accepted a commission as an active duty cavalry officer and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., home of the 101st Airborne Division. Thomas deployed to Northern Iraq in 2016 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, where he received the Bronze Star for his efforts in tackling the complex issue of ISIS-controlled drones.

“This campaign is truly a grassroots effort,” Thomas said. “Our average campaign donation is around $50, and nearly all of our donations have come from folks that have never before donated to a political campaign. They understand that I view this opportunity as a short-term continuation of my military service, and not as the beginning of a long-term political career.”

Thomas has already signed the U.S. Term Limits Congressional Pledge, solidifying his belief that Congressional office should be a short-term service to community rather than a power- and profit-hungry career path.

“This campaign isn’t focused on raising the most money or appealing to the power-brokers in Washington that are disconnected from voters here at home,” he said, “While my opponents may be focused on winning over deep-pocketed donors, I’m going to continue to connect with the voters of the 4th District that have earned the right to have their voices heard in Washington. I believe Hoosiers want a candidate willing to earn their vote through hard work and determination, and that is why I have set a goal to personally visit 50,000 households across the district by May 8. We’re well on our way to meeting that goal, so do not count us out!”

Putnam County is one of 16 counties in the 4th District.