Crowded Democratic field set for 4th District primary

District 4 Dem. Congressional Candidates Profile

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Different strengths and agendas may separate the five candidates running for the 4th congressional district’s Democratic nomination, but they all agree Congress is broken and needs to be fixed.

The five candidates are: Jeff Blaydes, John Futrell, Roger Day, Howard Pollchik and John Dale. Each says the gridlock on Capitol Hill needs to be broken and they are the man to do it.

Three of the candidates–Blaydes, Day and Pollchik–are or will soon be retired. Futrell is a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Army. Dale teaches history and government at Western Boone High School.

“I can reach across the aisle and find the common ground, find compromise and fight the important battles,” said Dale. “Some things are worth fighting [for], others aren’t and that’s what we’re lacking now.”

Pollchik, who lives in Crawdordsville, describes himself as a “conservative Democrat” and touts his ability to listen.

“I listen to understand, not listen to respond most of the time,” Pollchik said. “I want to understand what you’re saying and why you’re saying it, where you want to go and if it’s reasonable how I can help you get there.”

Day said he also wants to build and better future for America. He said the country should focus on education reform.

“The answer is not privatizing public education with charter schools,” Day said. “The answer is to give the teachers the pay and the time and the resources they need to get the job done.”

Futrell, who served one tour of duty in Iraq, is very focused on veterans issues. He wants to reduce the amount of veterans suffering from mental illness.

“I am the only candidate I believe, probably in the nation, that’s running on trying to stop these suicides from happening,” Futrell said. “To me, I think it’s a very simple fix but it takes someone strong enough to go to Congress that’s willing to stand up to those who are opposing the things that need to be fixed.”

Blaydes said he wants to give the district a representative that will be in touch with his constituents.

“There’s three things I’m going to expect out of myself: I want to be credible; I want to be accountable and I want to be responsible,” Blaydes said. “So those three things are the demands I’ll put on me and I want the citizens of the district to put on me as well.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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