ELKHART — Dan Morrison made it official.
The Elkhart man plans to run again as a Democrat for the 2nd District U.S. House seat held by U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, a Republican. Walorski’s spokeswoman has previously said she will vie again in 2014, while Joe Bock, an administrator at the University of Notre Dame, formally announced plans in November to run as a Democrat.
“My daily inspiration is the struggles of Indiana families,” Morrison said in a statement Friday, Dec. 20. “To the people of Indiana, I say, ‘Hold on. Help is on the way.’”
Morrison ran for the 2nd District post in 2012, losing in the Democratic primary to Brendan Mullen, who lost to Walorski in the general election that year. Morrison actually garnered more votes than Mullen in nine of the 10 counties of the 2nd District in 2012, losing the primary only because Mullen polled more votes in St. Joseph County.
This go-round, Morrison has “5,000 percent” more experience, he said in a brief interview. He previously worked in the recreational vehicle industry and for Fortune 500 companies, he said, but is now campaigning full time.
“I’m in this race to win,” Morrison said in his statement. “I will be a champion for working families in Indiana. My first race for Congress was fueled by my disgust with the dysfunction in Washington and lack of jobs in Indiana. Now, I’ve gained some wisdom in the ways of politics and I’m going to run a thoroughly modern campaign.”
He said even after losing to Mullen, he figured he’d be trying again in 2014. He’s done some campaigning already this year, at three Jefferson-Jackson dinners, among other activities.
Morrison, who unsuccessfully ran for the Indiana House against GOP Rep. Tim Neese for his Elkhart County post after losing the 2012 primary, held off on specifics on the issues when asked. Those details will come later.
But he voiced a common complaint about gridlock in Washington. “We have too many members of Congress who have joined the do-nothing caucus. It’s time to end the gridlock in Washington on behalf of the working families of America,” he said.