Kristi Risk wants voters to know she plans to stand up for what they are concerned with.
Risk delivered a fiery speech at the monthly Clay County Republican Club meeting Monday, saying she was not pleased with Indiana 8th Congressional District incumbent Larry Bucshon and his voting record.
"I do not agree with the votes our congressman made last year," Risk told those in attendance at the meeting. "If you've got to stand alone, stand alone.
"The status quo for Republicans must end ... we have to be Americans. Don't say you're going to do something and then don't do it. I'm tired of being lied to. I'm fighting the establishment. The establishment doesn't want to listen to the people. We need to remind them who they work for."
The club hosted Risk, along with District 42 State Representative Jim Meece at its monthly meeting, which takes place at the Clay County Senior Citizen's Center, 120 S. Franklin St., Brazil.
On Monday, Risk, who also ran for Congress during the last election cycle, said if elected, she planned to stand for principle.
"Sometimes when you do (stand for principle), you stand alone," she said. "If I agreed with everything (Bucshon) had done, I wouldn't be running for office."
Risk said Congress needed real leadership, something she believes is lacking in Washington, D.C.
"We absolutely have a necessity to have people in leadership," she said. "America has a crumbling economy, and we continue to kick the can down the road. The leaders we elected promised new leadership, yet we continue to hear excuses."
Risk, who lives in Owen County, said the nation's debt is out of control.
"We cannot support new spending," she said. "Our debt is a security threat. The more in debt we are, the more vulnerable we are."
She added she was displeased with leadership in Washington, D.C., across the board.
"We've lost our way at the national level," she said, stressing that was not the case at the state and local levels. "I feel like it's time to return to the path. We need real leadership. We need a fighter."
Risk also fielded questions from the audience.