Councilwoman, TV Anchor Bidding to Replace Souder

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A Fort Wayne city councilwoman and a local television news anchor are joining the list of those wanting to replace former Republican Rep. Mark Souder in Congress.

They are part of what could be a large field of candidates for the GOP nomination following Souder's resignation last week over an extramarital affair with a female staffer.

The new candidates include Liz Brown, an attorney who's in her first term as an at-large member of the Fort Wayne City Council.

Fort Wayne TV station WPTA morning news anchor Ryan Elijah scheduled two news conferences for Tuesday to announce his candidacy. The TV station says he is taking a leave of absence.

State Sen. Marlin Stutzman of Howe and state Rep. Randy Borror of Fort Wayne are the other announced candidates.