Fully 14 Democrats
are seeking their party’s nomination to the seat in the U.S. House currently
held by U.S. Rep. Pete Viscloksy, D-1st, who is not running for re-election.
That crowded field
has made the Chesterton Tribune’s favored form of candidate
coverage--the detailed questionnaire---impractical. Instead, the Tribune
has compiled thumbnails of each candidate based on information provided on
his or her campaign website or Facebook page.
was unable to find a campaign web presence for three of the candidates:
Jayson Reeves, John Henry Hall, and Carrie Castro.
U.S. Army Lt.
Colonel and chaplain, 30+ years. Certified school district superintendent.
Married, father of 10. Positions include the following.
United States steel and American farmers from unfair trade practices.”
“Highlight the need for national unity over tribalism.”
“Pursue government protection of residents of East Chicago and the region by
stopping the exposure of people to arsenic, lead, and airborne pollutant
“Engage the state government to help ‘reset’ the educational system in Gary
and other school districts to enhance the NWI workforce.”
“Support families by providing opioid crisis assistance and developing
additional childcare options available for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte
counties in response.” Gun control: “Ensure universal background
checks while establishing additional gun safety measures to protect the
schools and communities of our nation.”
Thomas M. McDermott Jr.
In his fifth term.
U.S. Navy veteran, nuclear submariner. Law degree, Notre Dame. Sagamore of
the Wabash. Former deputy chair, Indiana Democrat Party. Positions and track
record include the following.
Creation of “Medicare for All Who Want It” plan.
development: “I have a proven track record of thinking outside the box
to bring investments to the region. During the last 16 years we’ve had over
$900 million in investments, bringing thousands of jobs for Northwest
Indiana residents and keeping our labor unions working.”
“I have made Hammond the ‘Trail Capital of Indiana’ by pioneering over 25
miles of pedestrian and multi-use trails"; “Under my leadership, Hammond
formed an energy conservation program that will reduce the city’s carbon
footprint and save over $26 million in the next 15 years.”
“I supported efforts on referendums to fund the construction of a new high
school, make improvements to other school buildings, and increase teachers’
Numerous locals of the International Association of Firefighters, including
Chesterton Local 4600; Indiana Chamber of Commerce; Operating Engineers
Local 150. NWI Building & Construction Trades Council.
State Rep. Mara
Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster
elected to the Indiana House, in 2006. Service on Road and Transportation
Committee; Utilities, Energy, and Telecommunications Committee. Elected
Chair, Indiana House Democrat Caucus, in 2019. Positions include the
policies to protect unions and increase membership; opposes “Right to Work
for Less” laws.
100-percent pro-choice record; pledge to “stand up for women’s reproductive
rights 100 percent of the time.”
“Medicare-for-All-Who-Want It” option; expansion of coverage and premium
subsidies for lower-income Americans and seniors.
Not an “entitlement” but “an earned benefit that you paid into”; pledge to
“do whatever it takes to prevent Trump and Republicans from robbing your
“Proudly earned an ‘F’ rating from the NRA”; pledge to work to reinstate
previous ban on assault weapons.
Pledge to be “a check on Secretary Devos"; “push for universal pre-K and
early childhood education.”
Development of a “Green New Economy to rebuild our energy economy and work
toward carbon neutrality"; global climate change equals “existential
threat"; “emphasis on compensation of low-income and communities of color
that disproportionately experience environmental injustice.”
Latino Victory Fund; IBT Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and
Transportation; State Rep. Pat Boy, D-Michigan.
No campaign web
Bachelor’s, Illinois State University. Master’s, University of Illinois,
running: “I am a social worker and my candidacy is to fight for the
working class which is horribly under-represented in Congress, where 98
percent of elected officials are from the upper classes. Everyday Americans
are struggling: 40 percent of Americans have less than $400 in the bank; 400
richest families own more wealth than 60 percent of Americans. We cannot
continue with extreme income disparity. We are a consumer-based economy and
our purchasing power is decreasing every year. Meanwhile, China’s markets
are booming and American corporations continue to invest there and not
“Representing working-class Americans and protecting all unions”; “Medicare
for All”; “Invest in sustainable technologies to keep America energy
independent, competitive with China, and to reduce carbon emissions.”
John Henry Hall
widower of former U.S. Rep. Katie Hall, D-1st, 1982-85. No campaign web
Attorney, 13 years’
experience in federal and constitutional law, 12 years’ in municipal law.
Assistant General Counsel and Independent Council, Chicago Board of
Education. Married, wife Jill. Positions include the following.
“We need to declare a state of emergency to address climate change right
now"; “A greener economy is a stronger economy.”
“Healthcare for profit and escalating drug costs are forcing families to
make difficult decisions"; “I support Medicaid for All,” which would
“Establish a national single-payer health insurance program” and “Eliminate
out-of-pocket expenses like copayments.”
need trauma sensitive education policies”; “We can increase learning in the
classroom by identifying students who need social and mental health supports
due to trauma at home.”
“The legalization of marijuana is the first step to racial justice and is
also good for the economy.”
“Gay rights are human rights"; “People think that the right to marry means
that gay people are protected in other ways. We aren’t.” Dogs: “It’s
critical we stand up for dogs because they have no voice to speak for
Trustee Frank J. Mrvan
Fifteen years in
Reason for running:
“I’m running for Congress because we need someone with a proven record of
bringing people together. As an elected official, I didn’t stay in an
office. Instead, I looked into the eyes of men, women, and children, some
who lost their jobs, their homes to flooding, even their innocence to sexual
predators. That was unacceptable for me. I took swift action to form
alliances, secure funding and new legislation that put Indiana families
initiative as Trustee: The No More Secrets program to protect children
from predators; “this program facilitates conversations about body safety,
Internet safety, and phone responsibility.” Priorities include the
“create good-paying jobs and a Northwest Indiana economy that works for
“improve access to affordable healthcare options.”
“ensure that public funds are dedicated to support public education.”
“It is past time that the federal government recognizes the value of science
and the challenges of pollution and climate change.”
U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st; American Federation of Teachers;
International Longshoremen Association; Indiana Alliance for Retired
VHS graduate, 2001.
Law degree, Georgetown University. Practice: Harper and Harper. Positions
include the following.
Medicare for All; “A majority of Americans experiences lapses in coverage or
have insurance that does not adequately cover their health needs. I believe
that Medicare for All is the best way to fix this injustice.”
“We are in a global climate crisis. Our window of opportunity to combat this
crisis is rapidly closing. I believe it is urgent to pass a Green New Deal
in order to build a green economy and give Americans high-paying jobs.”
Labor: “I will
fight for a national ban on Right to Work laws which are meant to weaken
Public education “is under attack in our country. I will use federal dollars
to fully fund our public schools, raise teacher pay, give pre-K to every
child, and make public college and trade school affordable to every
“We have a president who is undermining our democracy and does not respect
the rule of law. As a member of Congress, I will fight to ensure that this
and any president is held accountable for their abuses to the greatest
Melissa A. Borom
manager, AAR Corporation, provider of global aviation services. Law degree,
Valparaiso University. Former staffer, offices of U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky,
D-1st, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Named “Top 20 Under 40” by
Northwest Indiana Times. Priorities include the following.
Jobs: To “fight
for job and skills training programs so that people can begin working in
growing industries, such as aeronautics.”
“build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act while correcting its
To “increase funding for the EPA and for investments in clean, renewable
reform: To “decriminalize marijuana use, advocate for the end of private
prisons, and have a stronger hand to investigate police offenses.”
U.S. House Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C.; U.S. Rep. and Homeland Security Chair
Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi; U.S. Rep. and former Congressional Black
Caucus chair Cedric Richmond, D-La.
Studied at Saint
Joseph’s College. Lives in Roselawn. “Working Class. Progressive.”
Tweet: “If you
claim to be a resister, but are against @BernieSanders, what the hell do you
think you’re resisting, anyway.”
#EndForProfitPrisons. #Medicare4all. #GreenNewDeal. #HealthcareIsAHumanRight.
#CampaignFinanceReform. #LivableWages. #RightToOrganize. #EndRightToWork. #LegalizeCannabis.
#NoUnjustWar. #CriminalJusticeReform. #EndTheWarOnDrugs. #ProtectSocialSecurity.
No campaign web
Marine Corps. Former firefighter, City of Hammond. Studied at DeVry
Institute of Technology, Chicago. “Please be kind to Elect me 1st Dist.
Congressman on 6/2/2020.”
Schererville. Bachelor’s in production management, Iowa State University.
Reason for running:
“I’m running for Congress because the region’s economy is changing and we
need a transformative leader like myself with 21st-century solutions to
address the challenges ahead. I’m running for Congress because we need a
leader who will fight for an equitable education for all.”
the following. “We Need Paid Family Leave Now.” “Workers Deserve a $15
Minimum Wage.” “Protect Our First-Responders.” “Support Our Veterans.”
“Repeal Right to Work.” “Universal Child Care.” “Supporting Our Teachers
With Cancellation of Student Debt.” “Improve Access to Affordable
Healthcare.” “A High Quality Public Education for Every Student.”