Ex-health care industry CEO starts 2nd District congressional bid


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A former health care industry CEO says he’ll seek the Democratic nomination for the northern Indiana congressional seat now held by Republican Jackie Walorski.

Mel Hall announced his candidacy Tuesday before a group of supporters in South Bend. The 64-year-old Hall says he’ll campaign on his business experience in challenging Walorski for the 2nd district seat she first won in 2012.

Hall was a United Methodist minister before joining the South Bend-based health care patient survey company Press Ganey in the 1990s. He was the company’s CEO for a decade, leaving in 2012 to lead a Tennessee-based health care staffing business until it changed ownership this year. He hasn’t sought public office before.

Walorski has defeated some well-funded Democrats in her election wins in the Republican-leaning district.

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  1. I like the fact he has a business background, but it concerns me that he hasn’t lived here since 2012 and is evidently moving back to run for congress. I would like to know his opinion about term limits – I will not vote for anyone who doesn’t commit to only serving two terms. Career politicians are the biggest problem in Washington. Walorski has become part of the problem. We really need a good Republican primary challenger to Jackie or a good third party candidate to get behind.


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