SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - University of Notre Dame faculty member Joe Bock has defeated three other Democrats and will challenge freshman Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski in November for northern Indiana's 2nd District congressional seat.
Bock was director of global health training at Notre Dame's Eck Institute for Global Health until he announced his candidacy but remains on the school's faculty. He defeated Dan Morrison of Elkhart, political newcomer Douglas Carpenter of South Bend and Bob Kern in Tuesday's primary.
In a press release, Bock thanked his supporters.
“Our dedicated volunteers and supporters have been working hard for months, spreading our message and making sure their friends and neighbors get out to vote,” said Bock. “It’s clear that Hoosiers heard our message of change, and are ready for someone who supports the middle class, instead of someone like Congresswoman Walorski who recklessly voted to shutdown our government."
Bock focused on the November race during the primary and refused to debate the other Democratic candidates.
“My campaign is about working together to solve problems. I will fight to create good jobs for Hoosiers. I will stand up for the middle class and senior citizens, and I will work with any member of Congress willing to roll up their sleeves and work toward solutions to our country’s problems," stated Bock
Both of the last two November elections in the district have been decided by fewer than 4,000 votes.