Former Prosecutor Announces Congressional Bid

By Jeff Neumeyer

January 27, 2012 Updated Jan 27, 2012 at 7:17 PM EDT

NORTHEAST INDIANA (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- A former prosecutor will try to knock Republican incumbent Marlin Stutzman out of his seat in Congress come November.

He is the third Democrat in recent days to announce his candidacy in the Third District race.

A number of voters in Kosciusko County are probably familiar with David Kolbe, who was prosecuting attorney in the county in the late 1990's.

Kolbe is currently practicing law in Warsaw.

But he has also served as an adjunct professor at IPFW.

Since 2008, he has taught American criminal law in the Ukraine, Latvia, Poland and Hungary.

He now sets his sights on the Democratic Party nomination for the Third District seat, with hopes of defeating Stutzman later this year.

It's a very conservative district, often not kind to democrats.

But Kolbe is convinced Stutzman’s affiliation with the Republican Party could work against him in November.

David Kolbe/(D) Congressional Candidate: " We're opponents, we're not enemies. I think that lesson has been missed in Washington D.C. and I think that would be perhaps one of his weaknesses. There's a portion, a large portion unfortunately of the Republican Party, that has become so extreme that they can't work together."

A couple of other people have also filed their candidacies in the Democratic primary, including Tommy Schrader.

He was a winner in last spring's Fort Wayne City Council At-Large primary race, but was later thrown off the ballot when he moved to and voted in the Green Bay Wisconsin election.

Now he wants a seat in Congress.

Retired Fort Wayne city police officer John Roberson is also in the race.

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