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Ex-Health Care Industry CEO Starts Indiana Congressional Bid

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64-year-old Mel Hall says he'll challenge Jackie Walorski for the 2nd district seat she first won in 2012.

A former health care industry CEO says he’ll seek the Democratic nomination for the northern Indiana congressional seat now held by Republican Jackie Walorski.

Mel Hall announced his candidacy Tuesday before a group of supporters in South Bend. The 64-year-old Hall says he’ll campaign on his business experience in challenging Walorski for the 2nd district seat she first won in 2012.

Hall was a United Methodist minister before joining the South Bend-based health care patient survey company Press Ganey in the 1990s. He was the company’s CEO for a decade, leaving in 2012 to lead a Tennessee-based health care staffing business until it changed ownership this year. He hasn’t sought public office before.

Walorski has defeated some well-funded Democrats in her election wins in the Republican-leaning district.

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