I want to talk about something I think you must know before heading to the polls or casting your mail-in ballot this year.
I want to talk about Joe Mackey, who’s running for Congress in Indiana’s 4th District.
I don’t want to talk about Joe Mackey the politician, though. Yes, it’s important to know and understand that side of him, but I want to talk about Joe Mackey the person.
Joe is a lifelong resident of this District. A hard-working, blue-collar man from Lafayette, Joe has devoted the majority of his life to three things — his faith, his family and his career.
Joe is a devout Catholic, but his faith has been tested time and again. It was tested when he lost his daughter, Claire, to cancer in 2011. It was tested yet again when he lost his son, Patrick, to an entirely different form of cancer in 2013. He and his wife, Tami, endured more pain in those 30 months than most of us could imagine.
Through it all, Joe not only remained steadfast in his trust in God, but he also utilized that trust to make a difference in the lives of others.
When he and Tami started the Claire E. and Patrick G. Mackey Children’s Cancer Foundation in 2014, they wanted to do everything possible to lessen the physical, emotional and financial hardships that families with children diagnosed with cancer endure. When Joe first decided to run for Congress in 2018, he did so because he saw the struggles facing Hoosiers like him and wanted to do something to help.
When Joe talks about the need to reform healthcare, he doesn’t just say it because it’s a trendy topic. He says it because he knows what it’s like to go from a stable, two-income family to barely surviving financially because of the flood of medical bills and unexpected payments that come from having two children in hospitals for over two years.
When he talks about supporting and strengthening unions, he does it because, after working at Caterpillar Inc. for nearly 30 years, he knows how important it is for the voice of every single hard-working American to be represented and heard.
These aren’t just talking points to Joe. They’re part of what shaped him.
I hope this gives you a clearer picture of the man I’ve known for years. Supporting Joe isn’t about supporting a particular party. It’s about backing a man who will work across the aisle to improve your life and the lives of those around you.
I sincerely hope you’ll give him your vote on Nov. 3.