Terre Haute, Ind. -- Today, Joe Donnelly kicked off his campaign to represent Hoosier working families in the U.S. Senate at Boo’s Crossroads Cafe in Terre Haute. He was joined by four members of the community. Yvette Johnson, student and single mother; Mike Shaw, retired plumber; Barbara Weber, retired teacher; and David Hartmann, farmer; all shared their successes and challenges with Joe.
“I’m running for U.S. Senate to be a voice for Hoosier working families,” said Donnelly. “I’m kicking off my campaign by traveling the state, visiting the places where families make their tough decisions: kitchen tables. I think there is more wisdom here in Terre Haute than in Washington, so my campaign will continue to be about listening to the common-sense folks of this great state.”
Mike Shaw, retired plumber, said, “It used to be that if a business did well, it would share the wealth with its employees. Now, there’s a tremendous threat to working people, especially people in the labor community. I was in the field for 32 years. I’m not trying to attack businesses or anything. I’m just trying to make a doggone living for my kids, and I hope my son is able to make a living for his kids.”
After listening to the community members at the Boo’s Crossroads Cafe, Joe shared his background as a resident of Northern Indiana, where he and his wife, Jill, raised their two children; as a former small business owner; and as a leader in his community. He outlined his number one priority: ensuring that every Hoosier who wants a job, has a job. Joe said there are four things he’s focused on to achieve that goal: leveling the playing field for American manufacturers, ensuring Main Street comes before Wall Street, going all-in on American energy production, and making sure huge corporations pay their fair share in taxes.
Today marks the second day of Donnelly’s statewide tour. Yesterday, he visited Jeffersonville, Evansville, and Indianapolis. In addition to visiting Terre Haute, he will visit Lafayette and Hammond today He will finish in South Bend, Kokomo, Muncie, and Fort Wayne tomorrow.