News-Banner: Mark Hurt hopes to stand out in a crowd

BLUFTON, IN—Mark Hurt is running for U.S. Senate on his conservative bonafides: He is pro-life, he believes in smaller government, he wants to repeal Obamacare, and he says he will vote against any form of gun control.

A Kokomo lawyer with practices there and in Noblesville, Hurt is headed toward acrowded GOP primary that already features well-funded candidates such as U.S. Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita as well as State Rep. Mike Braun.

Still, Hurt — in a brief stop Friday at the News-Banner — said he believes his candidacy
provides an alternative to those candidates. He is a successful business owner, he said, who also has a legislative background that will help him in Washington, D.C. Hurt earned degrees from Taylor and Baylor universities and then worked as an aide to Iowa Congressman Fred Grandy.

Later, he served as a legislative assistant and senior policy analyst for Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats. It’s the experience as an attorney for 17 years that he believes qualifies him most for the Senate, however. He said he can see how troublesome government regulations affect Indiana citizens and businesses.

“I’m a more mature person and a more qualified candidate by having that experience in the private sector,” Hurt said. “It makes me more understanding; it gives you more experience than just passing laws and talking about theories.”

Hurt in April was the first Republican to file paperwork to run against Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly.

He said he will push for a variety of priorities in the Senate, such as competitive, free-market reforms to reduce health care costs. Hurt said he also supports term limits for lawmakers.