Left - Congressman John Hostettler addresses supporters during Wednesday's appearance at the Clay County Courthouse. Right - Hostettler peruses the buffet line at the Clay County Lincoln Day Dinner in Center Point on Tuesday.
Congressman John Hos-tettler (IN-08), seeking a seventh consecutive term in the U.S. House of Representatives, stopped at the Clay County Courthouse Wed-nesday to announce his bid for re-election, greet supporters and discuss his agenda for the 2007 legislative session.
Hostettler made a number of stops in the area over the past few days: He appeared Monday at a Lincoln Day Dinner hosted by Clay County Republicans in Center Point, then visited the Putnam County Courthouse in Greencastle the next day. The congressman will make announcement stops in each of the 18 counties comprising Indiana's 8th District, according to a press release from his office.
Hostettler touched on legislation he plans to pursue if re-elected to a seventh term, including a measure that would protect some forms of religious expression in public places.
According to Hostettler, his Public Expression of Religion Act (PERA) would prevent organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union from using the threat of costly legal fees against smaller groups to keep them from fighting religious expression lawsuits in court.
"With my bill, they would get their day in court," Hostettler said.
The Republican congressman also pledged to continue fighting the estate tax and promised to push for increased military spending.
Hostettler will contend with Vanderburgh County Sheriff Brad Ellsworth, a Democrat and first-time candidate for national office, in the hotly-contested district that has become known as "the bloody eighth."
Adam Coates of The BannerGraphic (Greencastle) contributed to this report.