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.
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.
Karlee has lived and worked on the westside almost her entire life. Her top priority for the citizens of HD 92 is 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.
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.
State Representative John L. Bartlett is the state legislator representing Indiana House District 95. He filled a legislative vacancy left by the resignation of Mae Dickinson in late 2007.
A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, Rep. Bartlett is a retired tool and die maker for the Rolls Royce Corporation, where he had worked for 42 years.
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.
A graduate of Butler University and homeowner in Garfield Park, Justin was making a difference before you ever heard of him. 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. It was here that he gained a strong understanding of how the Legislature works and at times, doesn't. He knows we need more folks at the State House who worry about getting things done and less about getting credit.
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.
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.
Dan Forestal has lived in House District 100 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 Departmentís 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 Prosecutorís 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 and was re-elected in 2014.
Sheriff John Layton is a 36-year veteran of the Marion County Sheriffís Department.
He began his law enforcement career in the Jail Division at Wishard Memorial Hospitalís 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.
Julie was first elected as Marion County Recorder in 2006 and is seeking the office of Marion County Auditor in 2014 to continue to improve County services and save taxpayer dollars. Serving as the Marion County Recorder has given her the experience to manage the day-to-day operations of a county office and has strengthened her commitment to public service. Julie is a life-long resident of Marion County and has been active in her community. Julie served as a United Way/Key Club Labor Chair for Hurricane Katrina Relief, Co-Chair of County United Way Campaign, and Committee Member of the Race for Life. Along with her husband Robert Voorhies, she has been involved in the Labor movement and local politics, including organizing get-out-the-vote and registration efforts, for over 17 years.
Joe was first elected in 2010 and re-elected again in 2014 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.
Myla Eldridge is a dedicated public servant who has almost a decade of experience in the Marion County Clerk’s Office. She has the knowledge, skills and passion to excel as our next Marion County Clerk. Prior to her Clerk’s Office service, Myla served as Director for the Marion County Election Board from January 1, 2012 – July 1, 2013, conducting the 2012 Presidential Primary and General Elections. From 2007-2012, Myla served as Deputy Director for the Marion County Election Board. In that capacity, Myla was charged with leading the essential tasks of recruitment and training of poll workers. In addition, she has served as the liaison to the community speaking frequently about the voting process and Election issues throughout Marion County. From 2001-2006, Myla served the City of Indianapolis in the Peterson administration as an Executive Associate in Economic Development and Cultural Tourism. Myla is a native of Indianapolis who graduated from Indianapolis Public Schools, John Marshall High School and attended Lockyear Business College.
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.
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.
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 Joeís commitment to his many community boards in their article ìBalancing Actî. 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.
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.
William “Duke” Oliver was elected to the Indianapolis City-County Council in 2003. His committee service includes Public Safety & Criminal Justice, Parks, and Public Works. Duke is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis and a graduate of Indianapolis Public Schools. He is a past member of the United Auto Workers union, where he served as a leading voice for the interests and advancement of African-American auto workers. In 2005, he retired from Chrysler Corporation after 40 years of service. Duke has been a committed community activist for his entire life, and advocates for the protection of labor and civil rights in our community. He co-founded the Movement for Opportunity and Equality with the late Senator Glenn Howard and remains committed to its work. Duke is a lifetime member of the NAACP. He is a proud husband for 50 years, and is a member of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church.
Maggie Lewis represents the 7th District of Indianapolis, which includes portions of Wayne and Pike Township on the cityís West and Northwest sides.
Vop Osili is the slated Democratic candidate for Indianapolisí City-County Council District 15. He grew-up in the Haughville home of his grandparents right here in the heart of the district heís 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.
Blake Johnson has spent the majority of his career advancing educational opportunities for children and families. He currently serves as a director at Complete College America, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing the number of Americans who are able to earn a college degree or career certificate. In addition to overseeing national communications strategy, Blake works with a portion of the organization’s 35 member states on implementation of public policies that seek to close the skills gaps and ensure many more students are able to finish college and move into rewarding careers. Before his current role, Blake served as a senior advisor to Congressman André Carson in the United States House of Representatives. Previously, Blake taught in the Indianapolis Public Schools as an instructor in language arts and leadership development, working specifically with at-risk students who had been removed from traditional classrooms due to perpetual behavior issues. Blake was raised on a farm in east central Indiana, where his parents still live today. Blake's father is a lifelong autoworker and his mother worked as a nurse before transitioning to stay home full-time to raise Blake and his two sisters. Blake holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from Eckerd College and a master’s degree in teaching from Marian University in Indianapolis. He, his wife Natalie, and their two dogs live on the Eastside of Indianapolis.
Stephen J. Clay was elected to the City-County Council in November 2014, and currently serves on the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee and Municipal Corporations Committee. For the last 31 years, Pastor Clay has been the senior pastor of Messiah Missionary Baptist Church of Indianapolis. He is a nationally sought-after speaker, and has preached for state and national conventions and churches. Pastor Clay is the president of the Indiana Chapter of National Action Network, former president of the Baptist Ministers Alliance of Indianapolis and Vicinity and has served on the board of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership. A lifetime member of the NAACP, Pastor Clay is currently a member of the Him by Her Foundation. He also is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons Meridian Lodge Number 33 P.H.A. Pastor Clay is a graduate of Bishop College of Dallas, Texas, and has pursued postgraduate studies at the Christian Theological Seminary. He is the proud father of an adult daughter.
La Keisha Jackson has dedicated her life to helping disadvantaged and at-risk youth and families. La Keisha has touched the lives of over 100,000 residents by helping them achieve employment, personal, financial, spiritual and educational goals in some capacity. She has been the executive director of Pathway Resource Center, a not-profit, since 2003. La Keisha is a recipient of one of Indianapolis’ Honorable Awards, The Mayor’s Community Service Award, and recognized by Amber Woods Cooperative Board for her actions in supporting hundreds of residents following a devastating tornado in 2002. Ms. Jackson’s religious values have a profound effect on her life. Currently, a member of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, and a former member at Travelers Rest MBC for over 20 years, holding several leadership positions. She earned both an undergraduate degree and MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. Ms. Jackson is heavily involved in neighborhood and community initiatives that connect resources to help disadvantaged residents who cannot help themselves.
As a small business owner in downtown Indianapolis for 18 years and community development advocate for more than a decade, Zach Adamson understands many of the issues important to working families, as well as the impact of the current economic conditions on communities across Marion County. Zach is a member of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials and serves locally on many community organization boards. He was voted Best Progressive Lawmaker in the NUVO Best of Indy Readers Poll in 2014. Zach and his spouse, Christian, live in the city’s Willard Park neighborhood.
David Ray is from the eastside of Indianapolis, where he is a proud graduate of Scecina Memorial High School. He has earned degrees from Ball State University and Ivy Tech and has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #481 for nearly 15 years. He served as the business representative for Local 481 for seven years, and is currently an account manager at Miller-Eads Company. David also has served on the board of directors for Rebuilding Together Indianapolis and Local 481’s Credit Union. An active member of Our Lady of Lourdes parish for more than a decade, David is involved with the Men’s Club and is in his fifth year as athletic director.
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 Lionís Club. He and his wife Mary have been married for over 35 years and have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Because I am trying to make a difference in our community. I grew up here. I went to Wayne Township Schools from grade school to high school. While at Ben Davis High School, I served as the senior Vice President of my class, and won two 5A State Football Championships in 2001 and 2002 as the starting Left Tackle #79, earning All State recognition. Indianapolis's West Side is my home. I moved back here after working in Lawrence, KS, because this is where my family lives and I grew up. My parents were raised in the old Valley neighborhood on the near West Side. My parents, Charles and Debra Evans raised 3 boys, of which I am the youngest. We grew up in a happy, social home. Our dad, a 26 year veteran of the United States Army, raised us to have respect for people and our country. Momma, instilled into me and my brothers to stand for what we thought was right and wrong and to never be afraid to stand up for what we felt was right in our hearts, even if we stood alone. Today, our family is still close and still lives on the West Side of Indianapolis. We gather for EVERY single birthday, nieces, nephews, parents, brothers, sister n' laws, aunts and uncles. I'm proud to call this my home. I love it here, and it's that love that has motivated me to run for City County Council District 22. I hope you will stand with me, and fight for our community. I am fighting to represent us and our community at City Hall.