2nd District Democrat Mel Hall launches run for Congress

Published: Oct. 10, 2017 at 5:08 PM EDT
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He’s been a Methodist minister and a corporate CEO, but Tuesday marked Mel Hall’s first day as a declared candidate for Congress.

“I’ve never run for public office but as a civil rights worker once said, ‘there comes a time when you get sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Mel Hall told a crowd of supporters. “Now’s the time. Now’s the time for a difference in our district.”

The reception at Ignition Park was warm as dozens of Democrats appeared to have something to cheer about for the first time in a long time.

“If we held our leaders accountable,” said Hall, “We might actually solve problems like adults.”

Mel Hall is an Indiana farm boy—born near Marion, Indiana, who served seven years as a minister in Detroit’s poorest neighborhood.

Perhaps Hall is best known for his 19 year career at a South Bend start-up company called Press Ganey, formed by two Notre Dame professors.

Hall hired on in 1993 as associate number 34, and left as CEO in 2012 with 800 people on the payroll.

“I think what people in the second district want is someone who has experience in solving problems, who has actually grown businesses, who has developed good paying jobs that are meaningful. I believe that's what people want whether they are Republican or Independent or unknown,” Hall told reporters after his announcement.

Most recently, Hall lived in Tennessee where he was the CEO of SpecialtyCare.

Hall is the first Democrat to announce in Indiana’s Second District but he may not be the last. “We’ll just have to wait and see what happens over the next few weeks with other potential that come out, filing is not until January but I think it's hard to deny that there's a lot of enthusiasm behind Mel’s candidacy and people have every reason to be enthusiastic about his campaign,” said St. Joseph Democratic Party Chairman Jason Critchlow.

when asked for comment, incumbent Congresswoman Jackie Walorski provided this written statement: "I’m 100 percent focused on doing the job my fellow Hoosiers elected me to do: bringing much-needed common sense to Washington. From rebuilding our military and fixing the VA to helping businesses create jobs and letting people keep more of the money they earn, I won’t stop fighting for Hoosier families, workers, veterans, farmers, and small business owners.”