Barack H. Obama is the 44th President of the United States.
His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others.
Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., was born November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the first of four siblings. In 1953, the Biden family moved from Pennsylvania to Claymont, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School and served on the New Castle County Council. Then, at age 29, he became one of the youngest people ever elected to the United States Senate.
As a husband, father, former small business owner, and graduate of Notre Dame, Joe Donnelly understands the Hoosier values of family, faith, and hard work. His father was a small business owner and his mother was a homemaker. After graduating from Notre Dame in 1977, Joe went on to graduate from the Notre Dame Law School in 1981.
After practicing law and working in business for 15 years, Joe opened his own small business, Marking Solutions, based out of Mishawaka. Marking Solutions was a printing and rubber stamp company and enjoyed success in its 10 years of operation.
Congressman André Carson, a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, was first elected to Congress in March 2008 as part of a special election and elected to his first full term in November 2008. André’s top priority is to improve the quality of life for all residents in the 7th Congressional District.
Indianapolis attorney Greg Taylor became a member of the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus after being elected to represent Senate District 33 in November of 2008.
As a business and government attorney, Taylor joined the Senate with a breadth of knowledge and experience regarding economic development and job creation. A member of several local organizations, Taylor understands and appreciates the diversity found in the community and workplace.
A dedicated, hard-working public servant, Jean Breaux was appointed to the State Senate in December of 2006 to fulfill the unexpired term of her mother, Billie Breaux, who was elected the Marion County Auditor. Breaux was appointed to serve as Assistant Democratic Caucus Chair in 2008.
Indiana State House of Representatives - District 86
Ed DeLaney is a lawyer and a teacher. He has a B.A. and an M.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton. After serving his country as an officer in the Navy, Ed graduated from Harvard Law School with honors in 1973 and began work in Indianapolis at the firm of Barnes, Hickman, Pantzer & Boyd.
Christina Hale is running for State Representative because she sees an exciting future for Indiana. Through her work in Indiana state government and as an executive at Kiwanis International, a global not-for-profit dedicated to serving children and supporting communities, Christina understands that tomorrow’s opportunities will result from being a competitive participant in a global community. This means supporting our schools, our city, and our economy to create a thriving business climate, and to attract good jobs and investment in our state. To do that, Christina is working hard to make sure Indiana is thriving for ourselves, our kids, and for the generations of Hoosiers to come.
Karlee has lived and worked on the westside almost her entire life. Her top priority if elected to represent the citizens of HD 92 will be to work tirelessly to bring good paying, middle-class jobs into the district, jobs that pay a fair wage families can live and save on. She believes the best way to attract real middle-class jobs into district 92 is to improve our schools by strengthing Indiana's system of universal public education. Strong public schools attract employers with the promise of a capable work force.
Indiana State House of Representatives - District 94
State Representative Cherrish Pryor served on the Indianapolis Marion County City-County Council from January 2007 - November 2008 before joining the Indiana General Assembly.
Prior to serving as an elected official, Representative Pryor was the legislative and public affairs director for the Indianapolis Marion County City–County Council, managing media relations and serving as liaison on legislative matters with the State of Indiana.
Indiana State House of Representatives - District 96
State Representative Gregory W. Porter, an Indianapolis native, is a member of the Indiana General Assembly and is past chairman and current ranking minority member of the Indiana House Education Committee. He has served as state representative for the citizens of Indiana House District 96 since 1992.
Indiana State House of Representatives - District 97
Justin started out at the State House as a door keeper just off the House floor and worked his way up to become a senior policy analyst where he helped champion proposals to strenthen middle class families and individuals.
Indiana State House of Representatives - District 98
With a passion for community service and a proven track record surrounding issues affecting the quality of life for Indiana families, Robin Shackleford has spent her life as a dedicated servant-leader. Shackleford has extensive experience in governmental, community and diversity-affairs coupled with a strong background in business management, supervision, training, and budgeting.
Indiana State House of Representatives - District 99
Vanessa Summers became a member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1991 after she was elected to fill a vacancy left when her father, Joseph W. Summers, passed away. She represents the citizens of Indiana House District 99 at the Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis when the State Legislature—the General Assembly—is in session.
Indiana State House of Representatives - District 100
Dan Forestal is the Democratic Candidate in House District 100. Dan has lived in the district nearly his entire life. Dan is currently an Indianapolis Firefighter. Before becoming a firefighter he was a Bailiff in Marion County Superior Court 11 and a Jail Guard at Marion County Jail II. Dan has dedicated his life to serving his community. He started a small business that buys and rehabilitates abandoned homes in the city. He is an active member in the Firefighters Local 416, International Association of Firefighters, and the Indianapolis Fire Department’s Emerald Society. He is a member of the Warren Township Democratic Club, the Southside Democrat Club, and the Center Township Democratic Club. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Dan has been active in Democratic politics and his community for many years. He is running to bring jobs to the area, to make sure every child gets a world-class education, and to protect hard working middle class families.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry is a widely respected attorney in Indianapolis, having practiced as a trial lawyer for more than 30 years in Indiana and Federal courts. His diverse trial experience from 1978 to the present has included employment as a Deputy Prosecutor in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, as a law firm partner, and as a solo practitioner. He has served as lead counsel in more than 125 court and jury trials, arbitrations, and injunction hearings. He was elected Prosecutor in November of 2010.
Sheriff John Layton is a 36-year veteran of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.
He began his law enforcement career in the Jail Division at Wishard Memorial Hospital’s detention ward, and was quickly promoted to Road Deputy. As a Detective, Layton worked undercover, arresting drug dealers and sex offenders. In 1998, Col. Layton was promoted to Captain and was charged with creating the Regional Gang and Intelligence Unit. Under his leadership, the Unit took on took on hardcore gangs and organized crime. The Unit broke new ground by combining computer intelligence analysis and street gang investigations. For the last eight years, Col. Layton has served as the Executive Officer of the Department, working alongside Sheriff Frank J. Anderson.
Joe was first elected in 2010 to serve as the Marion County Assessor. Joe started his assessing career with the Center Township Assessor's Office in 1990. In 2003, Joe became the Chief Deputy in the Pike Township Assessor's Office, later serving in that same capacity in the Warren Township Assessor's Office. After Governor Daniels ordered the Reassessment of Marion County in 2007, Joe joined the Marion County Assessor's office as a Deputy Director of Reassessment. In June 2009, Joe was named the Director of the Assessment Division for the Marion County Assessor.
Beth White was sworn in as Clerk of the Marion County Circuit Court on January 1, 2007.
Prior to her election, Clerk White served in various capacities in the administration of Bart Peterson, including Director of Constituent Services, Public Access Counselor, Deputy Director of the Department of Metropolitan Development and Deputy Corporation Counsel.
In late 2008, Debra was elected as Marion County Surveyor and since taking office in 2009 she has had the honor of improving the functionality and streamlining. Through her earlier experiences with County government, she has seen the absolute importance of accurate preservation, knowing first hand that it is not enough to simply make an electronic copy of a document without checking the quality or accuracy of the information. She has made it her goal to ensure that each document, map or survey that the MCSO scans and preserves in our office is reviewed and checked for clarity and accuracy and to assess the quality and condition of the original document to identify the best method of preservation without deteriorating the document further.
As a small business owner in downtown Indianapolis for 13 years and community development advocate for nearly a decade, Zach understands many of the issues important to working families as well as the impact of the current economic conditions on communities across Marion County. In addition to running a small business, in 2002 Zach joined the board of directors for his neighborhood association Holy Cross-Westminster, Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC) and the Near Eastside Community Organization (NESCO).
John is a fifth-generation resident of Indianapolis and is past president of the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association (BTNA). John grew up in the mid-north section of the city where he attended grammar school and graduated from Brebeuf High School. John graduated from Regis University with a B.A. in Sociology and the University of Michigan where he earned a masters in Social Work with a focus in Social Policy and Planning.
Pamela L. Hickman (“Pam”) was born in Indianapolis and raised in the Garfield Park area. She attended St. Catherine’s before moving to Beech Grove and Holy Name for elementary school. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School. After obtaining a degree in education from Ball State University, Pam taught at the Indiana School for the Deaf. She has also been a volunteer with the St. Mary’s Child Center in speech therapy and is involved with the National Association of Women Business Owners. She is active in numerous community organizations, including serving on the boards of the Salvation Army, the Forest Manor Multi-Service Center, Kiwanis Club, St. Francis Hospital, Chrysanthemum Ball. She is a past president of the American Heart Association of Indiana. She currently owns a small business, and is semi-retired. She and her husband of 46 years, “Buzz” Hickman, have three children, ten grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Leroy is currently an American Government teacher at Pike High School and is actively engaged in the educational community in Indianapolis. As a former member of the Indianapolis Public Schools Board of Commissioners, Leroy has worked dilegently to ensure Marion County students receive an education that prepares them to be successful and active members of their community. Leroy also served as Chief Bailiff for the Marion County Courts and holds degrees in Criminal Justice and Education.
Angela L. Mansfield is serving her first term on the Council to represent District 2. Angela is committed to improving our community's quality of life and the quality of neighborhoods which will ensure Indianapolis' continued economic stability and success. Understanding the importance of parks to neighborhoods, Angela worked with citizens and neighborhood associations to successfully create Daubenspeck Community Nature Park, a nature preserve, located at 8900 Ditch Road.
Monroe Gray, Jr., a division chief for the Indianapolis Fire Department, is serving his sixth term on the City-County Council. As a longtime member of the Council, he has a great respect for the role of the Council in the community and the need for Council members to sometimes rise above purely political considerations to do what is best for the citizens of this great city. His main goal is to continue the progress and good work the Council has done on behalf of the citizens and to keep this a growing, economically stable, and viable world class city.
Joe has been the Director of Administration of Indiana Legal Services, Inc., a statewide legal firm for indigent clients, for 35 years. The IBJ highlighted Joe’s commitment to his many community boards in their article “Balancing Act”. Past president of the Community Centers of Indianapolis and the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, he is quickly elevated to leadership roles in his many board involvements. In his political life, for 15 years Joe has served on the Washington Township Board, and has been its president for eight years. Joe has been a precinct committeeman for over twenty years, and is a life-long Democrat.
Steve Talley is a passionate advocate for the neighborhoods of Marion County and a lifelong public servant dedicated to tackling the challenges facing our community in an honest and proactive manner. A graduate of Purdue University, Steve worked for over 30 years in a variety of positions within INB National Bank and AT&T.
In 1995, Steve was elected to the Indianapolis City-County Council where he served for over 10 years. During his time on the Council, Steve served on the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee, Administration and Finance Committee, and the Economic Development Committee. More recently, Steve has served in a number of roles within the Department of Public Safety.
Vop Osili is the slated Democratic candidate for Indianapolis’ City-County Council District 15. He grew-up in the Haughville home of his grandparents right here in the heart of the district he’s running to serve. He has said often that he could not have asked for a better place to spend his childhood because his parents, grandparents and neighbors alike impressed upon him the importance of serving others by respecting and working to improve our communities.
Brian Mahern was elected to his first term on the Council in November 2007. Brian is proud to represent the area he grew up in. His children are the seventh generation of his family to live on the Near Eastside.
Mary Moriarty Adams was elected to serve on the City Council in 1987 and continues to serve District 17 on the eastside of Indianapolis. Her council boundaries encompass the east side of Emerson Avenue, the west side of Post Road, the north side of East 10th Street and the South side of East 38th Street. In addition, she has one precinct that comprises neighborhoods that lie west of Ellenberger Parkway West Drive and north of East St. Clair Street.
Vernon Brown is serving his first term on the Council, having been elected in November 2003 to represent District 18 in Warren Township on the far eastside of Indianapolis. Brown is committed to making a positive contribution to improve neighborhoods and supports quality education opportunities. He would like to see more recreational opportunities available to citizens on the far eastside.
Frank Mascari is a local business owner who has spent his entire life working and living in the city of Beech Grove. A graduate of Beech Grove High School, he has owned and operated Spalding Jewelry for over 30 years. He has been an active member of the community, working with the Beech Grove Little League, and he previously served as president of the Beech Grove Lion’s Club. He and his wife Mary have been married for over 35 years and have three grown children and two grandchildren.