MUNCIE, IN – Muncie businessman Jonathan Lamb, running for Indiana’s 6th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, was endorsed Monday by GOP challenger, Tom Ferkinhoff, who withdrew from the race.
“Jonathan is a true conservative from outside the world of politics and is an example of how anyone can be successful in this country,” Ferkinhoff wrote in a Facebook post late Monday afternoon.
Ferkinhoff, a Wayne County CPA who spent much of his career in private accounting, insurance, brokerage firms, and as a consultant, said his candidacy was challenged by what he believes is increased scrutiny of running against VP Mike Pence’s brother, Greg, and decided to step aside. Ferkinhoff said Lamb brings the kind of “outsider” street cred that Washington needs.
“We have another candidate in the race that claims to be an outsider but has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from political insiders in Washington to fund his campaign,” Ferkinhoff said of Greg Pence, the vice president’s brother, also running for the GOP nomination in the 6th Congressional District. “Much of that money comes from other sitting members in Congress who want to ensure that our district elects someone who will follow the marching orders of the party.”
Lamb, who is largely self-funding his campaign, along with in-district contributions, raised $582,638 since he launched his campaign in August. FEC reports show the Lamb campaign currently has $468,276 cash on hand in compared to the Pence campaign, which has $436,962 cash on hand, mostly from out-of-district donors
“. . . on May 8th don’t vote for a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” said Ferkinhoff, “cast your vote for Jonathan Lamb.”
After graduating from Ball State University in his hometown, Lamb’s talents took him to opportunities as an energy commodity trader in Raleigh, NC where he handled a $3 billion portfolio in his 20s, and got his Master’s in Business Administration. By age 25, he started his first company and has since started several others.
Lamb is an accomplished economist and author, he has owned and grown seven companies, and currently owns LambONOMICS, an economic forecasting and consulting company, and OptoeV, INC, a provider of U.S. patent-pending farm equipment. Residing in Yorktown with his wife and their young two sons, Jonathan is a graduate of Yorktown High School and Ball State University where he received degrees in economics and risk management from the Miller College of Business. He has a MBA from North Carolina State University where he was a McLauchlan Leadership Fellow.