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Hammond Mayor McDermott Takes Steps Towards U.S. Senate Run

Courtesy of the City of Hammond

Indiana’s 2022 U.S. Senate race is starting to take shape. Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott is taking steps to join the campaign, seeking to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.).

McDermott, a Democrat, ran for the U.S. House in the last election cycle. Now, he’s filed paperwork to change his campaign to one for the U.S. Senate, though he hasn’t formally announced a run.

The only other Democrat who’s filed paperwork and is raising money is attorney Haneefah Khaaliq.

Regardless of which Democrat wins the May Senate primary next year, they’ll face an uphill battle against Young. He’s already got millions of dollars in his campaign account as he vies for a second term.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.