Jackie Walorski to face Mark Summe in Republican primary

Jackie Walorski and Mark Summe // WSBT 22

It's a seat that six Democrats want a chance at winning next Tuesday.

They all want a chance to replace 2nd District Congresswoman Jackie Walorski.

Walorski has a challenger of her own in the Republican primary.

It's Mark Summe.

Walorski has held this seat since 2012.

She represents an area that includes South Bend and Elkhart, but also as far south as Rochester, Peru and Wabash.

Walorski has some young competition in Mark Summe.

"When you get a chance to right something that's not correct or you see something happening and you get to fix it that's a good day,” said Walorski.

Walorski says she's working on righting a few wrongs, especially when it comes to business in the area.

"You know, I support President Trump but when something's going too far or has the ability to bring unintended consequences to this district, I fight him and I have fought him already on blanket tariffs versus narrow,” said Walorski.

Walorski says she wants to keep rolling back regulations.

She says a lot of rules and regulations that affect businesses in our area are made by government agencies behind closed doors.

That's why she says she worked hard to re-instate the reins -- or regulations from the executive in need of scrutiny -- act.

"Every single issue that would make revenue, fees or fines or those kinds of things would have to stand as a stand-alone bill in front of Congress,” said Walorski.

Walorski's opponent is Mark Summe.

He's a doctoral candidate at Notre Dame in the Department of Chemical Biomolecular Engineering.

But WSBT 22 couldn't find out much about his campaign, he doesn't even have a website.

After over a week of phone calls and emails, WSBT 22 still hadn't heard from him.

We even stopped by his home and reached out to his adviser.

Finally, Wednesday, he sent us an email.

Even though he can't do the interview, he says he's still carrying on with the race.

Walorski doesn't seem concerned.

She won't even be around for the primary election, she'll be in Washington in session.

“I’m absolutely grateful to be sitting here today and say, 'You know what, we've been able to absolutely stand behind the things we've talked about,” said Walorski.

As the incumbent Walorski has faced some criticism on how accessible she is to the public.

Now, as she gears up for another race, she's facing more criticism about campaign finances.

More Election Day news and resources can be found here.

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