Joe Bock plans to run as a Democrat for the U.S. House seat now held by Republican Jackie Walorski, according to Carol McDaniel, 2nd District Democratic Party chairwoman.
He had earlier said he was seriously considering a bid, and now it turns out he will run, according to McDaniel, speaking Friday, Nov. 1. Bock didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment, but McDaniel said a formal announcement ought to come early in the coming week.
Bock is director of global health training at the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health and has lived in the South Bend area for about six years, according to McDaniel. He previously lived in Missouri, where he served six years in the state House of Representatives there.
Possible issues in the 2014 race, according to McDaniel, could be Walorski’s vote against the measure that ended last month’s two-week federal government shutdown. The Republican, McDaniel said, “did not listen to us” in casting the ballot.
“Jackie’s beatable and we have a very good candidate here and we think we can get all this done,” said McDaniel. The Affordable Care Act — which Walorski strongly opposes — could be another issue.
Through Sept. 30, Walorski reported $539,667 in available campaign funds.
Funding could be a challenge “up to a point,” McDaniel said. “We’ll just use our money cautiously.”
Walorski, a fiscal and social conservative who has counted on strong tea party backing, narrowly won election for the first time to the 2nd District seat in 2012, beating Democrat Brendan Mullen. The 2nd District covers north central Indiana and includes Elkhart and St. Joseph counties, among others.