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Brad Ellsworth - Democrat

Brad Ellsworth - Democrat

AGE: 52

OCCUPATION:  Congressman, Indiana 8th district (2007-present).  Former Sheriff in Vanderburgh County (Evansville), Indiana (1998-2006)

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Indiana and Masters Degree in criminology from Indiana State University.

PERSONAL:  Brad and his wife, Beth, live in Evansville, Indiana.  They have one adult daughter.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Ellsworth was elected sheriff of Vanderburgh County (Evansville) in 1998.  He served as sheriff until he was elected to Congress in 2006.  In that campaign, he defeated six-term incumbent Republican Congressman John Hostettler, 61% to 39%.  He was re-elected in 2008, defeating Republican nominee Greg Goode 65% to 35%. Ellsworth is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition.

2010 CAMPAIGN:  There was no Democratic Party primary for the U.S. Senate this year.  That's because incumbent Democratic Senator Evan Bayh announced  his plans to not seek re-election on February 15, 2010.  That was one day before Indiana election law requires candidates to submit 500 signatures from registered voters in each of the state's  nine congressional districts.  Since no one met that criteria, the nominee was selected by the Indiana Democratic Party executive committee. 

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