Democratic officials picked former state Rep. Dave Crooks (D-Ind.) to face freshman Rep. Larry Bucshon (R) next year, according to local reports.
Democrats backed Crooks over Patrick Scates, a former staffer for ex-Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D), in a rare convention-style endorsement over the weekend. Party officials opted for an endorsement process so the presumptive nominee could save his resources for the Bucshon race next year.
Both candidates agreed ahead of time to abide by the local party’s decision and back the winner of the endorsement.
Roll Call Politics rates the 8th district Likely Republican.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.