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Dr. Tom Hayhurst, Democratic challenger for the third district seat in Congress, won the Democratic caucus nomination yesterday at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne. Hayhurst was widely anticipated to become the candidate for the special election to fill the remainder of resigned Rep. Mark Souder’s term. Hayhurst won the Democratic primary in May for the general election.
Souder admitted to an extramarital affair with a part-time female staffer and resigned two weeks after the May 4 primary.
Hayhurst may have been all but a certainty, but he did face a challenge from Bob Kern, who lost the primary bid in district seven to incumbent Rep. Andre Carson as well as the Democratic Senate bid to Brad Ellsworth. Kern is from Indianapolis.
Kern, formerly “Hidalgo,” ran against Rep. Dan Burton in 1998, changing his surname before the primary. Kern served a year in prison for forgery and theft as Mr. Hidalgo and occasionally cross-dressed as a female judge.
Hayhurst prevailed over Kern with a 97 to 0 vote.
The party also selected three state representatives. Wray McCalester, a pastor and retired union rep, was nominated for district 83, currently held by Republican Matt Bell who will not be seeking re-election, and Evan Smith, a laid off Fort Wayne City Schools teacher, accepted the nomination for district 84, currently held by Republican Randy Borror. Steve Smart of district 52 has been an operation manager for the past 30 years and will seek the seat currently held by Republican David Yarde.
Hayhurst will face Republican state Senator Marlin Stutzman in the special election and the general election, both set for Nov. 2.