HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Rep. Pete Visclosky’s choice to replace him after 36 years in Congress won the Democratic primary in the party’s northwestern Indiana stronghold.
Frank Mrvan, a Lake County township trustee whose father is a longtime state senator from Hammond, won Tuesday’s primary over 13 other candidates.
Five-term Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott entered the campaign as the most-prominent candidate, but Mrvan picked up endorsements from Visclosky and the United Steelworkers union.
Mrvan will be a heavy favorite in the November election against Republican primary winner Mark Leyva, who’s lost several times to Visclosky.