Souder And Hayhurst Re-match For 3rd District Seat

By Scott Sarvay
By Laura Donaldson

June 18, 2010 Updated Jun 7, 2010 at 5:49 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Congressman Mark Souder will face democrat Tom Hayhurst, in the general election.

This is a ticket we've seen before. Four years ago Hayhurst gave Souder a run for his money but lost by eight points.

This time, the doctor and former Fort Wayne city councilman says he's learned from his mistakes and plans on running a much more organized campaign.

Hayhurst defeated Tom Schrader, a man who was barely visible in this race, 80-percent to 20-percent with 100 percent of the precincts reporting.

At the democratic headquarters Hayhurst continued to talk with supporters about the importance of jobs. He says the people of northeast Indiana deserve better; someone who will work to bring quality jobs to the area.

Hayhurst says Souder has contributed to the sagging economy and it's time for a change.

“All the time he's been there, our economy has been slipping down hill,” Hayhurst said. “It's been getting worse and worse rather than getting better and better. I think the proof is in the pudding. Our economy isn't good, and it's gotten worse not just for two years but for 15 or 20 years since he got in office. So, I think I have some good ideas, I'll be talking about that as we go along with regard to what we need to do differently to strengthen our economy and make northeast Indiana an economically strong area again.”

Ideas he says that will improve the locally economy include adding more local jobs. Hayhurst is a doctor, so we will defiantly see him talk about the new healthcare law and his effort to localize that piece of legislation.

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