Hayhurst Wins Democratic Caucus

June 18, 2010 Updated Jun 17, 2010 at 10:59 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The Democratic Party selected Dr. Tom Hayhurst as their candidate for November's special election to replace Former 3rd District Congressman Mark Souder.

If you were expecting Thursday's Democratic Caucus to mirror Saturday's Republican Caucus, then you were sadly mistaken.

Democrats rallied and showed a united front by elected Tom Hayhurst 97 to 0 over his opponent Bobby Kern.

"I'm gonna fight battles to strengthen and rebuild our economy here in Northeast Indiana," said 3rd District Democratic Special & General Election Candidate Dr. Tom Hayhurst.

The party also unanimously backed three candidates for State Representative positions.

Evan Smith in the 84th district. Smith is a laid off FWCS teacher, fighting for education issues.

Wray McCalester in the 83rd district. McCalester is Pastor and retired Union Rep hoping to give a voice to small business owners.

Also Steve Smart in the 52nd district. Smart has been an operational engineer for the past 30 years.

He said he is running to represent the average Joe.

However, the star of Thursday's Caucus was Tom Hayhurst.

Hayhurst said his first priority is jobs, jobs and more jobs.

"I wanna make it the kind of region, economic powerhouse that it has been for 100 years. Everything has faded the last twenty years. I'm an optimist we can get it turned around and get us headed in the right direction," said Hayhurst.

Hayhurst feels his ideas to bring jobs are substantially better than Marlin Stutzman's.

Hayhurst wants to focus on bringing clean energy, manufacturing jobs, bio-tech and green jobs to Northeast Indiana.

Thursday's Democratic Caucus was held at Carroll High School.

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