Release: Donnelly Kicks Off Campaign to be a U.S. Senator for Hoosier Working Families

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Jeffersonville, Ind. -- Today, Joe Donnelly kicked off his campaign to represent Hoosier working families in the U.S. Senate at the Wall Street Cafe in Jeffersonville. He was joined by four members of the community. Ken Ogden, IBEW retiree; Diane Swank, independent insurance agent; Ed Flaugh, retiree; and Beth Valentine, public school teacher; 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 at the Wall Street Cafe in Jeffersonville than Wall Street in New York., so my campaign will continue to be about listening to the common-sense folks of this great state.”

Ed Flaugh, Ford Motor Company retiree, said, “For me, jobs are the number one thing. If jobs aren’t coming, we need to make our own jobs. Lawyers, plumbers, carpenters, and others are all able to run businesses out of their homes. Bill Gates started out of his garage. If we’re able, we need to start at home.”

After listening to the community members at the Wall Street 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, putting Main Street before Wall Street, going all-in on American energy production, and ensuring huge corporations pay their fair share in taxes.

Today marks the first day of Donnelly’s statewide tour. In addition to Jeffersonville, he will visit Evansville and Indianapolis today. He will visit Terre Haute, Lafayette, and Hammond tomorrow. He will finish in South Bend, Kokomo, Muncie, and Fort Wayne on Wednesday.



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