Dear Residents of Indiana’s 1st District,
Tomorrow is Election Day. My name is Elizabeth Bergeron and my husband Dion Bergeron is running for the 1st District Congressional seat that Pete Visclosky has left open. We have a historic opportunity to take this seat back from the Democrats who have reigned supreme in this district for decades. This election will show how every vote matters. I want to tell you why you should vote for Dion Bergeron.
I met Dion about 11 years ago when we were both Correctional Officers at Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. I’ll never forget that fateful day he was sent by our dispatcher to relieve me at work. I was working in a unit where I had never worked before. I was over my head and getting overwhelmed. Dion came in and became my knight in shining armor helping me get things under control and reminding me that everything was okay. After that day, our friendship grew, and that friendship grew into a relationship. For the first time, I experienced what being with a good man who loved and cared for me was like.
In December 2008 we became engaged and in 2010 we were married at Fairmeadow Community Church in Munster, the church that I grew up in. On that day, our two families became one. My son Orion became his son and I have watched him love Orion just as he does his biological sons. Orion was six when I met Dion and I remember praying every night for someone who would love my son as his own and be the Dad that Orion needed and was missing. I prayed for a Dad for Orion and little did I know that God would send me that man on a day I least expected at a hospital unit in a maximum-security prison.
In the last ten years, I watched Dion learn how to navigate our middle son Nova’s diagnoses of Sensory Integration Disorder, severe ADHD, and Asperger’s. Through every diagnosis, Dion made it a priority to understand each diagnosis and work hard to make sure Nova’s life is the best it can be. I have seen him spend late nights learning as much as he can and in the hardest of times that each diagnosis brought, there Dion was; sleeves rolled up and in the thick of it all and being that rock we all needed.
Dion will go to Congress to fight for the residents of the 1st District. Dion is honest. Oh boy is he honest. The only time I have known him to lie is at Christmas when the kids are begging to know what’s under the tree (and even that is hard for him). He doesn’t bend on his principals, even if it would be easier or more beneficial for him to. He is loyal. I never have to wonder where he is or if he has ever broken our marriage vows. When people wonder where the gentlemen have gone, I smile because I know I married my Southern gentlemen. Dion is that kind of guy you can call at 3am when you need someone, and he will be there. Dion is hard working and has been known to push himself to the point of exhaustion to accomplish a task that needs to be done. He’s got a great sense of humor too!
Everything that I love and respect about my husband is what makes him the ideal candidate and will make him the best Congressman that our 1st District has ever had. I’ve lived in Northwest Indiana my entire life. My Dad and both of my Grandfathers worked at the steel mill (Inland Steel before it became Arcelor Mittal). I grew up in Munster and I am a proud Munster High School alumni. I live and breathe this district and I know that this district needs someone like Dion. A regular family man who has seen the best and worst in life and still has honor and principals. This is the kind of representation that we need and deserve. We deserve, no we need, a Representative that is honest, dedicated, respects life and family, loyal, hardworking, and someone who loves our district. Someone that puts American citizens first. That’s my husband. That’s Dion.