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Mackey previously lost the Democratic nomination to represent Indiana’s Fourth District to rival Tobi Beck, who then lost to Congressman Jim Baird. Pictured is Mackey campaigning in Rensselaer in 2018.

Life-long Tippecanoe County resident and children’s healthcare reform advocate Joseph William Mackey has announced his campaign to become Indiana’s Representative for the Fourth Congressional District.

There will be several launch events open to the public this weekend.

“Over the last year, I’ve spoken to hundreds of Hoosiers all over the 4th District who want to know why their members of Congress are not working to improve the lives of Indiana families,” Mackey said. “They want to see Indiana leading the nation in clean energy manufacturing and healthcare reform. They want our government to support public education from kindergarten to college. And they are not seeing the leadership that was promised by Jim Baird and the Republican Party.

“That is why I am proud to announce my candidacy for the Fourth District of Indiana.”

Today [SATURDY, OCT. 6], Mackey will make his announcement in Lafayette, , at 1 p.m. on the steps of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse, followed by a short reception at the Tippecanoe County Democratic Headquarters. Later that afternoon, the campaign will have its final launch event at the Avon Town Park Council Chamber, 6570 E. US Highway 36 in Avon, 4:30-6 p.m. The public and media are invited to attend these events so they can meet Joe and his team.

Mackey and his wife, Tami, lost two of their children to pediatric cancers in 2013 and 2015, and have since become fervent advocates for the families of children with cancer. Their foundation, the Claire E. and Patrick G. Mackey Children’s Cancer Foundation, provides various forms of assistance to those families struggling with the challenges of having a child with cancer and raises funds to support pediatric specific cancer research.

“I was a machinist with Caterpillar Lafayette and Tami is a nurse. We thought we had ‘good’ insurance,” Mackey said. “It turns out we were wrong. In the end, after being devastated by the loss of our two children, we faced financial devastation because our country does not have a needs-based healthcare system – we have a for-profit healthcare market. That must change.”

Mackey also wants Indiana to be leading the country in developing and manufacturing clean energy technologies.

“Indiana has long been a leader in manufacturing,” he said, “but we are letting others take our place as the clean energy industry expands. World-class centers of research like Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Notre Dame University, and Indiana University call our state home, and yet we are not working with those institutions to bring those clean energy development and manufacturing jobs to our state. Hoosiers deserve better.”

A life-long Catholic, Mackey graduated from Lafayette Central Catholic High School, and he and Tami are active members of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Their oldest son, Connor, is a 2014 graduate of Indiana University and works for a medical marketing firm in Chicago.

Locals can learn more about Joe Mackey and his campaign by visiting