Former CEO Mel Hall announces bid to unseat Jackie Walorski

SOUTH BEND — Saying “We’ve had enough, it’s time for action,” minister-turned-CEO Mel Hall announced Tuesday that he’ll seek the Democratic nomination to unseat Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski in Indiana’s 2nd congressional district next year.

Walorski has held the seat since narrowly beating Democrat Brendan Mullen in 2012, shortly after Republicans redrew the district’s boundaries to make it more favorable for the party’s candidates. In 2014 and 2016 she enjoyed wider margins over Democrats Joe Bock and Lynn Coleman, respectively.

Still, Hall said he is confident he can win next November.

“I think it is what it is,” Hall said of the district’s partisan makeup. “You live within those parameters. But I think what the people of the 2nd District want is someone who has experience in solving problems, who has actually grown businesses, who has developed good-paying jobs that are meaningful… whether they are Republicans or Democrats, independent or unknown.”

Hall, 64, said he grew up on a farm near Marion, Ind., graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Ind. and then from a United Methodist seminary. At his request, the church first sent him to minister in one of Detroit’s poorest neighborhoods, known then as the Cass Corridor, he said.