MUNCIE, IN – Muncie businessman and Ball State University alumnus Jonathan Lamb raised more money than his opponents in the race for Indiana’s 6th Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives, including Greg Pence, brother to Vice President Mike Pence, according to campaign finance reports released Wednesday.
The Elect Lamb campaign raised $515,212 in the fourth quarter and $582,638 since he launched his campaign for the GOP nomination in August. The Lamb campaign currently has $468,276 cash on hand in compared to the Pence campaign, which has $436,962 cash on hand.
Lamb, 36, an eighth-generation Hoosier, is an economist and entrepreneur who owns two Muncie-based businesses and has owned and grown seven different businesses across the country. “I know what it’s like to work hard to support your family and start a business,” Lamb said. “My campaign is about what we can do to keep, create, and attract business and high wage jobs to our district. We have a drug epidemic and a workforce development quagmire in Indiana, we must work together to fight the war on addiction and address the brain drain in our district and in our state.”
Lamb’s and his wife’s family have been farmers, workers, and business owners in the 6th District for eight generations. “I didn’t have the luxury of having a multi-million business handed to me, or having a brother in high levels of government to help me get ahead. My wife and I had to venture out to find jobs and start our first companies before we returned to our hometown to grow our businesses and raise our family in the same place we were raised.”
“Our roots run deep here, with our boys the ninth generation of Lambs to call East Central Indiana home,” the candidate said. “Not only has the Lamb family been in Indiana since around statehood, Mollee’s family received a Hoosier Homestead Award for the Rush County farm that her family settled in 1837. We want to provide the same opportunities for our children that helped our families settle here in East Central Indiana almost 200 years ago.”
Without Washington DC insider resources and large special interest lobbying and PAC money, Lamb has largely been self-funding his campaign with the help of many small grassroots donations from supporters’ right here in the 6th District.
“The other candidates running for Congress in the 6th District don’t understand small business, manufacturing, and agriculture,” Lamb said. “Our campaign is truly a grassroots effort, with a team built from people right here in the district with a vast amount of experience and wisdom in business, education, agriculture, government, and policy.”
“I am not running because I come from a political family with ties to Washington D.C. or because I have deep-pocketed special interest money backing and funding my campaign,” he said. “I am running to make a difference for my children and all Hoosiers. We need solutions, not promises, and by creating a grassroots network and meeting with Hoosiers all over the 6th District I will be a fresh voice to represent the people across the entire 6th District.”
Lamb is an economist and entrepreneur, having started seven companies. He 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 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 an MBA from North Carolina State University where he was a McLauchlan Leadership Fellow.