Jefferson County Prosecutor Chad Lewis will seek a third term.

The 37-year-old Democrat filed the paperwork in Indianapolis to place his name on the May primary ballot .

Lewis, 37, has been the prosecuting attorney since January 2007. He said he's proud of the progress that has been made in the office, but there is more that can be done.

"I am running because I care about our community and I want to do everything I can to ensure safety for all of our children and families," Lewis said in a release.

Since becoming prosecutor, the number of defendants sent to prison has increased, Lewis said, as has the length of average sentences - particularly for drug dealers.

He said he has also worked to increase child support collections in Jefferson County. Lewis said the child support office has been able to produce increases in each of the federal statistical categories: Paternity establishment, support order establishment, current support collections, and cases paying on support arrearages.

Lewis said he is running on the same ideals when he first was elected: prosecution, protection and prevention.

Lewis has served on the board of directors of the Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys for six years, and served as president of the association in 2011.

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys board of directors is comprised of 15 prosecutors from around the state and works on legislation and policies that effect law enforcement and criminal justice.