Trustee Frank Mrvan, the candidate to whom U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st,
threw his personal endorsement, has beaten Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott, for
the Democrat nomination for the open Indiana 1st District seat in the U.S.
In a crowded field
of 14 candidates, Mrvan took 34 percent of the ballots cast (26,055 votes)
to McDermott’s 29 percent (22,346).
No one else was
even close: the third-place finisher, Melissa Borom took 9.5 percent of the
vote (7,245); followed by Mara Candelaria Reardon, with 7.3 percent (5,600);
and Jim Harper, with 7.3 percent (5,590).
candidate endorsed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, was certainly the
most prominent of the 14 Democrat candidates. Mrvan, however, found the
state Chamber’s endorsement a dubious one, noting in an April 28 press
release that “the Indiana Chamber of Commerce has not been a friend to
unions, public education, or the environment.” He added that “the Chamber
was relentless in their advocacy and support for Right-to-Work in Indiana.”
Along the way,
Mrvan picked up a number of key endorsements himself, including the
gold-standard endorsement from Visclosky, who opted not to run for
re-election; former Lake County sheriff Ray Dominguez; the United
Steelworkers; the American Federation of Teachers; and the Indiana Alliance
for Retired Persons. Mrvan ran on his record as North Township Trustee in
Lake County. According to his campaign website, “His trustee office has
represented and advocated on behalf of thousands of people who came into his
office struggling to secure access to quality healthcare, pay their rent,
keep the lights and heat on, and take care of basic family necessities.”
In November, Mrvan
will face Republican Mark Leyva, who for years has been challenging
Visclosky for the 1st District seat. In a field of six candidates for the
Republican nomination, Leyva took 40 percent of the vote (9,465) to the 23
percent of second place finisher, William Powers (6,077). In third place:
Spencer Lemmons with 15 percent (3,885).