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Mrvan tops crowded field in race for 1st District US House nomination

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North Township 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. House.

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).

McDermott, the 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).



Posted 6/3/2020




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