Pat Hackett will run in the 2nd CD as a Democrat.
Pat Hackett will run in the 2nd CD as a Democrat.

INDIANAPOLIS - Two Indiana congressional races began to take shape on Wednesday when Notre Dame Prof. Pat Hackett announced she would challenge U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski and former legislator Christina Hale said she will seek the open 5th CD being vacated by U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks. Both are Democrats. In addition, Republican Micah Beckwith has filed FEC papers to form a committee in the 5th.

Hackett, a South Bend attorney, unsuccessfully ran for the seat in 2018. “I will always fight for dignity and justice for all, and I believe we deserve a representative who listens and represents our interests," Hackett said. "Jackie Walorski is a career politician who refuses to hold town -halls, caters to the special interests who give millions of dollars to her campaigns, and is out of touch with the people in this district. I will be an advocate for health care for all, the workers who live paycheck-to-paycheck, the seniors who depend on Social Security and Medicare, and the farmers who are struggling with the growing catastrophe of climate change and challenge of reckless tariffs. We deserve an advocate and leader who will represent the people of this district and not engage in pay-to-play politics in Congress.”  

Hale, the 2016 Democratic lieutenant governor nominee, told the IndyStar, “I think people are ready for someone who really cares about these practical issues, someone who really cares about Hoosier families, and will be focused on things that make the difference to everyday people, like healthcare, like education opportunity.” She joins 2018 nominee Dee Thornton, who will kick off her campaign on July 15 in Westfield.

Only one person who has filed for the Republican nomination for this open seat. Rep. Micah Beckwith has set up an FEC campaign committee. “No one else has said they are definitively running,” said Indiana Republican Chairman Kyle Hupfer, who has ruled a bid out himself. 

Names we continue to hear making moves to run include Fishers Deputy Mayor Leah McGrath, former State Rep. Steve Braun, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, former U.S. Senate candidate Terry Henderson, State Sens. John Ruckelshaus and Victoria Spartz, and former state senator Mike Delph. Other names that have surfaced include former Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard.