Retired general blocked from Indiana congressional race

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — A retired Army general is being blocked from entering a southern Indiana congressional race by a county Democratic official.

Maj. Gen. Rick Stevens retired in November after a 35-year military career and says he planned on moving back to his hometown of Vincennes to seek the 8th District seat now held by Republican Larry Buschon (boo-SHAHN’).

Stevens needs the permission of Knox County Democratic chairwoman Sandi Stewart since he didn’t vote in the most recent Indiana primary while on assignment in Washington.

Stevens tells the Vincennes Sun-Commercial that he remained politically independent in the military, describing himself as a fiscal conservative who is progressive on social and environmental issues.

But Stewart says she won’t sign off on someone who she doesn’t think is a Democrat.