Jeff Petermann to run as Libertarian in 2nd District U.S. House race

The Elkhart County man criticized the incumbent, Rep. Jackie Walorski, as "a moderate at best."

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.

ELKHART — Jeff Petermann, chairman of the Elkhart County Libertarian Party, has secured the nomination to run for the 2nd District U.S. House seat as the party's representative.

"I plan on pouring my all into the next several months into spreading the message of liberty and in showing why Jackie Walorski, as shown through her voting record, is pro-government and a moderate at best," Petermann said in a statement Monday, April 28. "If you are looking for a congressman that will fight for your rights and your freedoms, I will be your choice.”

Walorski, a Republican, is seeking her second term in the post and four Democrats are facing off in the May 6 primary for the party's nomination.

Petermann, who runs an Elkhart County marketing firm, announced in March he'd be seeking the Libertarian Party nomination. The party's state convention was held last weekend in Indianapolis, when Petermann formally was tabbed as the party's candidate, beating out another hopeful.

Petermann previously served as precinct committeeman for the Republican Party here in Elkhart County before switching to the Libertarian Party. He heard national Republican leaders "talking and sounding an awful lot like the Democrats. After doing my research and seeing that the two parties were almost identical, I knew it was time to make the choice to leave the Republican Party,” Petermann said.

The 2nd District covers north central Indiana, including Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

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