Former Vigo County Councilman and longtime Terre Haute resident Mark Bird (D) announced Tuesday that he will run for Indiana House of Representatives for the 43rd District.
The position has been held by Representative Clyde Kersey since 1996. Rep. Kersey announced in December that he would not seek re-election.
“I’ve spoken to Clyde, he’s one of the people that has encouraged me to take this step,” Bird says. “I’ve gotten some great support from Clyde and I hope I can follow in his footsteps and represent the 43rd District as well as he has done for more than two decades.”
Bird served three four-year terms on the Vigo County Council. He also ran for Terre Haute mayor in 2015.
“We came up short on that race, but I learned a lot from that and I think I’m in a much better position to represent the 43rd District at this time,” Bird says.
Bird graduated from Oakland City College in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and physical education. He resides in Terre Haute with his wife Brenda. They have two children; Elizabeth and Joey.