Marion Mayor Announces Run For Congressional Seat

By Maureen Mespell
By Jeff Neumeyer

February 9, 2012 Updated Feb 10, 2012 at 7:21 PM EDT

MARION, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Olympic skater to mayor of Marion, and now Wayne Seybold is ready to take on another challenge.

This one could take him to the nation's capitol.

Seybold is a late entry in a Central Indiana Congressional race.

He's joining a very large field of Republicans running for the 5th District Congressional seat, but he has credentials that help him stand out.

Three months ago, Seybold was elected to a third term as mayor of Marion.

When long-time Representative Dan Burton recently announced he would not seek re-election, Seybold decided to jump in the race to replace him.

Seybold has worked to bring new industry to Grant County, including a Dollar General distribution center, and on his watch, the local GM plant has added $600-million worth of new investment and hundreds of new jobs.

Seybold’s chief competitors don’t have a mayoral background.

Mayor Wayne Seybold/(R) Marion: " We know what it's like to sit down across from the table with a company and convince them that Indiana and Marion are a great place to do business, and if we could do that from Washington, maybe it would open a few more doors."

Seybold says this campaign will not force him to quit the mayor's job.

He says he can keep running the city of Marion as he runs for Congress, and would only resign his post if he were elected to the House of Representatives in November.

We’re told Seybold is the first person from Marion to run for Congress in more than forty years.

Among the leading contenders in the GOP Primary—former Congressman David McIntosh, former federal prosecutor Susan Brooks, and former Marion County Coroner John McGoff.

Seybold made a big name for himself in Olympic pairs figure skating, where he and his sister competed in the 1988 winter games.

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