Mike Hamann is a friend of mine and a candidate for mayor of South Bend, Ind., in the May 3 Democratic primary. He remains a candidate today despite a terrible and tragic event that has shocked me and all of my friends back home.
Mike's wife Mary had travelled to Paraguay, to attend the wedding of their daughter, Kate, to a young man she met in that country while serving in the Peace Corps. Sadly, Mary suddenly took ill and died during the trip. It all happened in a rural area where medical care is scarce. Mike received the news by telephone on Friday. Hamann announced today that his name will remain on the ballot.
Mike had been involved in Republican politics in South Bend for some time. He ran for County Commissioner and won. He then switched parties in 2003 after finding the local GOP brass to be intolerable.
Hamann taught me a lot in ninth grade, the last time I actually had him in a class at Trinity School at Greenlawn. He busted me for smoking cigarettes on school grounds that spring. He taught me the basics of how to write an essay. In seventh grade, he taught our class on the Old Testament. I recall only now that we spent several days on the Book of Job.
I can't even imagine what Mike is going through right now, but I am sure he could use the prayers of all our readers.