The Journal Gazette
Sunday, August 11, 2019 1:00 am

Incumbents in Congress raising cash for '20 vote

BRIAN FRANCISCO and NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

U.S. House members representing northeast Indiana have challengers in the 2020 elections – but also sizable leads in fundraising.

Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, raised more than $130,000 in the second quarter, bringing his total to more than $294,000 for the 2019-20 election cycle. He ended the quarter with nearly $111,000 in cash on hand, according to the campaign finance report he filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Dr. Chris Magiera announced last month that he will challenge Banks in the Republican primary election next May. Magiera has not filed a campaign finance report with the FEC.

Magiera is the husband of Pam Galloway, who ran against Banks and four other candidates in the 2016 primary, lending her campaign $250,000 along the way. 

Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd, raised more than $299,000 in the second quarter and nearly $638,000 for the election cycle. Her finance report showed she had almost $581,000 in cash on hand.

South Bend attorney Pat Hackett seeks the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District, filing her candidacy in February. Hackett, who finished second to Mel Hall in the 2018 Democratic primary, lent her campaign $750 in the second quarter and $2,250 for the cycle to date.  

All 435 seats in the House are up for election in November 2020.

Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., raised $345,000 in the second quarter and $1.7 million for the cycle, and he had $680,000 in cash. Young next faces re-election in 2022.

Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., raised more than $60,000 in the quarter and more than $6.8 million for the cycle, including $6.4 million of his own money, and he had nearly $100,000 in cash on hand. Braun faces re-election in 2024.

2 selected for class

Two Allen County women – one from Fort Wayne and the other from Huntertown – were among 24 Democrats chosen for Hoosier Women Forward's second class, the organization announced Tuesday.

Allen County Democratic Party Chairwoman Misti Meehan and Huntertown resident Faith Van Gilder were chosen for the program, which is aimed at preparing and propelling Democratic women into influential roles in the public and private sectors.

“We were so pleased to see so many distinguished and determined women from across our state apply this year,” Hoosier Women Forward Chair Shannon Mears said in a statement. “It's exciting to see that there is so much interest in our program and that we are truly building a network of active Democratic women in Indiana.”

Other participants will attend from cities including Gary, Evansville, Muncie, Indianapolis, Merrillville, Fishers, Granger, Bloomington, Pendleton, Greendale, Noblesville, Terre Haute, South Bend, Carmel and New Albany.

“The group reflects the diversity – geographic, racial, religious and more – that makes our state and country so strong and a key element of the HWF program,” Amy Levander, the organization's executive director, said in a statement. “Not only will they learn from one another, but (they) will be exposed to speakers, topics and experiences that will shape their personal and professional lives going forward.”

The organization will honor its second class with a fundraising luncheon Sept. 20 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.

Health care discussion

The Libertarian Party of Allen County will have a public discussion titled “Libertarian Solutions to Health Care Affordability” on Aug. 28.

The program will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Liberty Diner, 2929 Goshen Road. Admission is free but does include the cost of meals.

For information, call 260-750-9013 or go to

Dave Gong of The Journal Gazette contributed to this column.

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