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Paul Steury will be Democratic candidate for special election to fill Walorski’s term

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Gemma DiCarlo
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WVPE News
Indiana Democratic Party Chair Mike Schmuhl (left) and 2nd Congressional District candidate Paul Steury speak after the Democratic caucus to fill a special election ballot vacancy on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Goshen educator Paul Steury will be the Democratic candidate in a special election to fill the remainder of U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski’s (R-Jimtown) term.

Steury was already the Democratic candidate for the general election this fall — he announced his run against the late congresswoman for Indiana’s 2nd District Congressional seat back in March.

Following Walorski’s death in a car crash earlier this month, a special election was called to fill the remainder of her term, which runs until January.

District Democrats chose Steury as their representative for that election in a caucus held Tuesday.

If elected to Congress, Steury said he would come home every weekend to meet with constituents.

“We need to be able to respect everyone and make sure that everyone feels that they are an integral part of our district,” he said. “If we can do that, they will be great citizens that will make us a fantastic country.”

Walorski narrowly beat Brendan Mullen for the 2nd District seat in 2012, and Republicans have soundly won the seat ever since. But Indiana Democratic Party Chair Mike Schmuhl said Democrats might perform better without “the power of incumbency.”

“This is really an open race now,” he said. “For the first time in a decade, the voters of north-central Indiana are going to select somebody new — brand new.”

District Republicans chose Rudy Yakym, a former Walorski campaign aide, as their candidate for both the special and general elections in a caucus held this past weekend.

Both elections will be held Nov. 8.

Contact Gemma at gdicarlo@wvpe.org or follow her on Twitter at @gemma_dicarlo.

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Gemma DiCarlo comes to Indiana by way of Athens, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2020 with a degree in Journalism and certificates in New Media and Sustainability. She has radio experience from her time as associate producer of Athens News Matters, the flagship public affairs program at WUGA-FM.