Campaign kick-off event scheduled for Thursday, July 6 in New Albany
Southern Indiana native Dan Canon has announced that he will run for Congress in Indiana’s 9th district.
Canon, a 39-year-old civil rights attorney who has taken landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, has lived in the 9th district for more than 30 years and currently lives in New Albany with his wife and two daughters. He is a first-time candidate who says people in his district are ready for a member of Congress who truly represents South Central Indiana.
“I know we can do better. We have the ability to provide every American with the tools and opportunities to live their best lives. That means good-paying jobs, a safe place to live, quality, affordable education, and health care that doesn’t leave us bankrupt,” Canon said. “These are things that matter most to regular people. But our current representative isn’t working on those issues. He’s an opportunistic multi-millionaire who came to Indiana just to buy a seat in Congress.”
Canon added, “Predictably, he is only listening to the 1 percent. He’s in a very small club of powerful people who look out for each other at the expense of the rest of us. He can’t relate to the real problems 9th District residents face, and from where I sit, it looks like he isn’t interested in trying. I became a lawyer to help people. I get up and go to work every day to fight for the Davids who are being crushed by the Goliaths. I’m running for Congress for the same reason.”
Canon built a legal practice representing people against government and big corporations. Notably, he was one of a team of lawyers who took the landmark marriage equality case to the Supreme Court of the United States. He recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Vietnam veteran and others that seeks to invalidate criminal laws against medical marijuana.
Canon has pledged to run an inclusive grassroots campaign, and he vows to give straight answers to hard questions.
“Our current political system works against the basic interests of regular citizens to serve the interests of a handful of wealthy people. Nearly half of eligible Hoosiers are so discouraged they don’t even vote. Big corporations, and the politicians they bought and paid for, have spent decades turning us against each other so we don’t notice they’re robbing us blind. It’s time we recognize that we’re all in this together and hold the the right people accountable.”
Canon’s website says: “I’ve been divorced and remarried. I’ve raised a son all the way through public schools in Southern Indiana, and I have two daughters who are just starting school. I’ve been self-employed both as a teacher and as a lawyer. I’ve been one of the “working poor,” living paycheck to paycheck and barely getting by. Through a combination of effort, dumb luck, and help from good people, I’ve worked my way up to membership in America’s vanishing middle class. I’ve experienced a lot. Through everything I’ve experienced, I’ve learned empathy. I’ve learned to not rush to judgment, and I’ve learned to listen.”
More about Canon’s campaign can be found here.