Greenwood man in running for GOP nod in Indiana’s 6th District

A Greenwood businessman has thrown his hat into the ring for the Republican primary for Indiana’s 6th Congressional District.

Jamison Carrier filed paperwork Tuesday to run for the state’s 6th District as a Republican, joining four other Republicans seeking their party’s nomination. Current officeholder Rep. Greg Pence, R-Indiana, is not seeking reelection.

The 6th District is composed of all of Fayette, Hancock, Henry, Johnson, Rush, Shelby, Union and Wayne counties, along with portions of Bartholomew, Marion and Randolph counties.

Carrier also released a video about his campaign, and committed to putting $750,000 of his own money into it, according to a news release. His campaign is focused on the security of the U.S./Mexico border.

“The border might be 1,000 miles away, but the decisions being made in Washington, D.C. regarding border security have real-life consequences for families all across our state, including mine,” Carrier said in a statement. “I decided to run for Congress because enough is enough. President Biden, the Democrats, and weak Republicans have created this crisis, allowing crime, human trafficking and some of the deadliest drugs known to man to cross our border. To my family and many others across the 6th Congressional District, it’s life or death.”

In his announcement, Carrier described himself as a native Hoosier, business owner, and a “Trump Republican who will put America and our families first.” Originally from Richmond, Carrier and his wife live in Greenwood. He says they lost their son Joey to fentanyl — “a tragedy that’s become far too common,” he said in his video announcement.

He believes in securing the border, protecting freedoms, “unleashing” American energy, stopping “reckless spending” and fighting for free-market principles, according to the news release.

“I will work hard, traveling to every corner of the district, to earn the votes of Hoosiers that are looking for true, conservative representation in Washington,” Carrier said.

Carrier will face four other people in the GOP primary: State Rep. Mike Speedy, R-Indianapolis; Sen. Jeff Raatz, R-Richmond; Darin Childress of Wayne County; and Sid Mahant. Whoever is selected in the Republican primary will face Democrat Cinde Wirth, who also ran for the 6th District seat in 2022. Wirth is currently uncontested in the Democratic primary.

The candidate pool isn’t final yet; more candidates could file before the noon deadline Friday.