U.S. House hopeful Bock lining up support from Democratic groups

He's also received the backing of 2nd Congressional District Democratic leaders.

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 1:04 p.m.

Varied Democratic groups are lining up behind 2nd District U.S. House hopeful Joe Bock.

The candidate said in a press release Wednesday, March 26, that he's garnered the endorsement of the State Central Committee of the Indiana Democratic Party.

“Joe Bock has spent his life working in crisis situations, bringing people from all backgrounds together to find solutions," John Zody, chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party, said in the release. Those qualities, Zody continued, make Bock "the best candidate" to take on incumbent Rep. Jackie Walorski, a Republican seeking her second term.

On March 1, Bock, who's from South Bend, received the endorsement of the 2nd District Democratic Party apparatus, said Carol McDaniel, chairman of the 2nd District group. "He sounded so much more enthused," said McDaniel.

Bock has also received support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a national group that helps Democratic House candidates.

Four Democrats in all are vying for the 2nd District post, which covers northcentral Indiana, including Elkhart County. Aside from Bock, they are Dan Morrison of Elkhart, Douglas Carpenter of South Bend and Bob Kern of Indianapolis.

Jeff Petermann of Elkhart, a Libertarian, also plans to run.

Bock, who works for the Global Health Training Program at the University of Notre Dame, previously served in the Missouri legislature.

The primary is May 6.

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