Dr. Tom Hayhurst was in Warsaw Saturday and left with an endorsement.

The Local 905 United Steelworkers, consisting of workers from DePuy, Dalton Foundries and Spartech, endorsed Hayhurst, state treasurer candidate Pete Buttigieg (D), state auditor candidate Sam Locke (D) as well as local candidates at their meeting Saturday morning at Warsaw Bowl.


Buttigieg and Locke both spoke before Hayhurst arrived. Both spoke of fiscal responsibility and the need to create jobs.

Hayhurst said he is running because he wants to see a better future for his four grandchildren. The doctor out of Fort Wayne also said he is fighting for average Americans.

"Middle America is being beat up in all sorts of ways," said Hayhurst.

Hayhurst took on then-incumbent Mark Souder in 2006 and garnered 46 percent of the vote.

Hayhurst will be on the ballot for the general election Nov. 2.

It's also expected that Hayhurst will be the democratic nominee for the special election Nov. 2 to fill out Souder's term.

Hayhurst didn't comment on Souder's May 21 resignation, but he did take issue with the general election and special election being on the same day.

Hayhurst recognized that the move was a cost-saving one, but said it wasn't right for the district to go six months without representation in congress.

Hayhurst kept his message simple Saturday.

"It's about jobs, jobs, jobs," said Hayhurst.

One way he said he would support growth in the district is by continuing to oppose the tax on medical device manufacturers like Biomet, DePuy and Zimmer.

Hayhurst also said it was important to continue research on biodiesel and bioethanol.

Locally, Hayhurst lauded Warsaw Mayor Ernie Wiggins for his support of a passenger and freight high-speed rail system to go through Warsaw.

Hayhurst also said that in terms of health care it was important to create competition with insurance companies to drive down cost.

More information on Hayhurst is available at hayhurstforcongress.com

John Bonitati, a democrat for Wayne Township trustee, as well as democrats James Wadkins and Larry Rensberger also spoke to the crowd.

Wadkins and Rensberger are seeking county council seats in the fall.