In the race to replace the late Jackie Walorski, the late Congresswoman’s former campaign finance director has won her endorsement, so to speak.
Walorski’s husband, Dean Swihart, put out a statement encouraging precinct committeemen to vote for Rudy Yakym at this Saturday’s caucus.
“Last week, our families and loved ones celebrated the beautiful life and legacy of my wife, Jackie Walorski, who has returned home to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Throughout the services and time spent with her family, friends, colleagues and constituents, I was humbled by the profound reflections and memories that many of you shared both publicly and privately about the incredible impact Jackie had on our communities, nation and the world. She was not only my loving wife and partner of 27 years, but Jackie was a dedicated and loyal public servant who spent her entire career fighting for others. During her tenure in Congress, she dutifully served residents and families to strengthen Hoosier communities, create more jobs and fight for America’s military and veterans. Jackie knew who she was and always brought her passion, values and Hoosier common sense to the table to tackle tough issues.
As I mentioned last week, I am confident that Jackie would want to weigh in on her successor to ensure that our voices continue to be represented in Congress. After deep reflection and deliberation, today I am supporting Rudy Yakym to represent the 2nd District of Indiana in Congress. Rudy has spent years working in public service alongside my beloved wife and will fight for our district to protect our faith, families and communities. Rudy is a political outsider who has what it takes to stand up to the Pelosi-Biden agenda. He will fight to do the right thing, just as Jackie did every day of her career. I encourage the precinct committeemen to support Rudy in this week’s caucus.”
Walosksi was killed in a car accident along with two staff members. Another person also died.
The Governor has called a special election this Saturday to fill out the rest of Walorski’s term as well as to replace her on the ballot.
Yakym will face several other candidates, including former Attorney General Curtis Hill, former State Rep. Christy Stutzman, current State Rep. Curt Nisly, and attorney Tiernan Kane,