Professor Declares Intent to Run for Office

Published Friday 22 of January, 2010

Staff Reports, Purdue Exponent

Purdue professor David Sanders filed with the Indiana Election Commission on Thursday to run for the U.S. House 4th District seat, seeking the Democratic nomination.

The seat is occupied by U.S. Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Monticello, who is serving his ninth two-year term. Sanders, an associate professor of biological sciences, will be running against Buyer for a third time, having already run in 2004 and 2006.

“I filed at the this morning,” Sanders said. “I believe the 4th District needs a representative that represents their interests.”

Sanders acknowledged the vast area the 4th District covers.

“Monticello all the away down to Mitchell – it covers 12 counties,” he said. “It will be a 12-county campaign.”

Although he will focus on all 12 counties, Sanders said he hopes to receive support from the Purdue community.

“A lot of issues affect Purdue students now, and their futures,” he said. “I would certainly like to encourage students to participate and register and participate in the primaries.”

Sanders stressed the importance of voters’ involvement in the political process.

“Exercising political power is like exercising muscle – if you don’t use it, it gets weak,” he said. “It’s important to participate in all elections.

“I welcome volunteers to the campaign.”