Monday July 15, 2013
Indiana Rep. Ryan Dvorak isn’t out as a potential challenger to U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski in elections next year.
He isn’t necessarily in, either.
The Washington, D.C., publication Roll Call has identified Dvorak, a Democrat from South Bend, as a potential candidate against Walorski, a Republican, in 2014. Look at this story from June.
I just called Dvorak, a lawyer and state rep since 2002, for his take, and while he indicated it’s a possibility, it’s far from decided. “I’ve had a number of people ask me about that,” he said, though it’s not evolved to the stage, say, of forming an exploratory committee.
Dvorak hasn’t yet analyzed the numbers for the 2nd District, which encompasses Elkhart and St. Joseph counties and all or parts of eight other north central Indiana counties, he said. He also hasn’t yet discussed the notion with his family, determined if running is “something my wife wouldn’t hang me for.”
Brendan Mullen was the Democratic contender against Walorski last year, narrowly losing to the Republican. He announced last week he wouldn’t run again in 2014 (look here), paving the way for another Democrat.
Dan Morrison also ran as a Democrat for the 2nd District seat in 2012 (look here), losing to Mullen in the party primary. I left a message on his phone, but haven’t yet heard from him.
Carol McDaniel, chairman for the Democratic Party for the 2nd Congressional District, said Saturday that efforts continue to find a candidate.
Tim Vandenack is a reporter at the Elkhart Truth newspaper in Elkhart, Ind., www.etruth.com. He can be reached at email@example.com or 574-296-5884. Visit him/subscribe to him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack.