Zachery Potts, a Walorski county superintendent who died in a collision Wednesday afternoon, is listed as dead by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.
US Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, Communications Director Emma Thomson, Walorski and Republican Party member St. Joseph County were also killed in the collision.
To learn more about the incident, read on.
Who Was Zachery Potts?
Zachery Potts, who was 27 at the time of the tragic accident, was District Secretary of the US House of Representatives. He died in the disaster along with other people.
Potts began serving as the Indiana Republican Party’s Victory Team Captain in 2014, according to his Linkedin page. He oversaw neighborhood-level initiatives to gather volunteers to increase support for political candidates and voter turnout on Election Day. successfully managed an office and supervised two interns.
From 2013 to 2017 he was a yacht detailer with Integrity Detailing. He was later elected Vice Chairman of the St. Joseph Republican Party. He also won the 2nd District Young Republican leader election.
He was also Walorski’s campaign coordinator for Congress from 2015-2016. Then he was given the position of campaign manager. He was then serving as District Secretary of the House of Representatives.
The director of the US representative was killed in an accident along with the congresswoman
The SUV carrying Walorski was hit by a northbound car crossing the centerline of the state highway, according to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office. The SUV also claimed the lives of Zachery Potts, 27, a member of the St. Joseph County Republican Party, and Emma Thomson, Walorski’s 28-year-old communications director.
Two cars collided at State Road 19 and SR 119, near Nappanee in Elkhart County. The Goshen News reported that Walorski was driving south in a car with Mishawaka’s Zachery Potts and Emma Thomson.
Also, 56-year-old Edith Schmucker, the driver of the northbound car, was pronounced dead at the site. The crash is being investigated by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office.
Zachery Potts’ wife and family receive Citizen’s empathy on Twitter
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted a message from Zachery’s office confirming her passing with a “sad heart.”
The news of Zachery’s death saddened his family. His family has received condolences from many of his friends and loved ones.
Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana and current United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg expressed his condolences to her family and to the other victims of this horrific event.
The congressional delegation from Indiana also expressed their condolences on Wednesday. Todd Young, a senator, said I was really upset. Jackie has fought for Hoosiers her entire life because she loved them. “I will never forget her spirit, her positivity, and most importantly, her friendship.” Indiana mourns her death and the unfortunate deaths of her workers Zach Potts and Emma Thomson.
In addition, Congressman Jim Banks (IN-3) also released a statement. He explained, “Jackie was a selfless, humble and compassionate public worker. My heart aches for Dean, the Walorski family and everyone who knew and loved them.
Please join Amanda and I in praying for Jackie’s family and the friends and loved ones of her two associates who also perished in this horrific event, he continued.