A Notre Dame administrator, who felt compelled to go to Haiti after the earthquake, now wants to go to Washington D.C. after the government shut down.
“And I’ve responded to crisis all over the world and right now the biggest crisis that I see is in Washington, D.C.” said Joseph Bock, Director of Global Health Training at the Eck Institute for Global Health at Notre Dame. “When I did humanitarian work in, for instance, Haiti, I didn’t ask people if they were a Democrat or a Republican before we provided help,” said Bock.
Bock has decided to run for Indiana’s Second District Congressional Seat as a Democrat because he feels that is where his conflict resolution skills are needed.
“I would say in many respects it’s a political disaster you know when our country’s economy is so fragile and we’re not conveying stability to businesses sitting on the sidelines ready to re-invest in their companies and our government is out there stopping, shutting down the government, and creating a scare in the economy that creates a sense of instability, it’s the inverse of what people here need.”
Bock is a 56 year old native of Missouri, who served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1986 to 1992.
Bock moved to South Bend about seven years ago after being recruited by Notre Dame.
Bock has a wife and two grown children.