2020 Endorsements

The Future in Leadership


IYD is proud to endorse extraordinary Democratic candidates for state and local offices in Indiana. Our mission is to elect candidates who represent our shared Democratic values and advocate for what’s best for all Hoosiers.

One of the most integral parts of our mission will always be to elect candidates who represent our shared Democratic values and advocate for what’s best for all Hoosiers.

MITCH GORE

INDIANA HOUSE DISTRICT 89

Mitch Gore is a recognized community advocate, small businessman, and compassionate public safety professional. Mitch worked hard to keep his family’s restaurant afloat during the Great Recession while also attending UIndy and marrying his wonderful wife, Brittany. As a product of public schools and a working family, Mitch knows what it’s like to hustle for positive results. Now, at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Mitch works to reduce violent crime and rethink how we treat addiction. He believes that the best way to keep our community safe is for law enforcement to respect the people they serve.

nicholas nelson

ALLEN COUNTY SURVEYOR

“I am running to bring a lasting brighter future for Allen County. I aim to bring a sense of moral and ethical responsibility to the office of the surveyor. Not only to serve our environment but the people who elect me to office.” Nicholas has 7 years of management, marketing and customer service experience that he plans to bring to the office of the Allen County Surveyor. He plans to work with professionals to ensure the office is being held to its federal and state standards.

emma steele

INDIANA HOUSE DISTRICT 84

My decision to run originated from my disappointment in the abhorrent sitting representation of IN-84. I do not believe prioritization of issues reflects the concerns of everyday Hoosiers. Issues such as the environment, education, equality, the accessibility of health care, and the furtherment of workers’ rights need to be addressed rather than hidden in favor of political agenda. I love my community, I want to see us all thrive well into the future. A future where our children have a chance, a future where our state government has the backs of workers, and a future where accessible health care is a reality. These concerns need a voice and I vow to be that voice for you.

TABITHA BARTLEY

INDIANA SENATE DISTRICT 7

“I am running for office because we need more proactive servant leadership,” said Bartley. “Now is not the time for inaction. We must continue to work together to address the issues of our communities, counties and state. It’s time to make that change happen.”

MAUREEN BAUER

INDIANA HOUSE DISTRICT 6

I am honored to receive the endorsement of Indiana Young Democrats. Serving as State Representative of my home town of South Bend, I will remain committed to creating a health care system that is equitable, and working for all Hoosiers. As a graduate of Indiana public high school and public university, I will prioritize fully funding and supporting policy that strengthens our public schools and educators. As someone who learned about leadership and service at a young age from my own family, I understand the commitment required of this position, and I remain dedicated to improving the quality of life for working families.

PABLO HURTADO

INDIANA HOUSE DISTRICT 85

I want to represent the people of Indiana State District 85 because they deserve someone who supports their best interests and who is not only willing to hear their concerns, but is accessible to his constituents. I am committed to enacting changes in our state to create a more inclusive and welcoming place for all people. Teachers, union workers, and the working class have been neglected for far too long and I am running to change that.

BELINDA DRAKE

INDIANA SENATE DISTRICT 32

Belinda was born and raised in Gary, IN and has been a resident of the far eastside of Indianapolis for the last three years. She has worked directly with families in social services and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified. Belinda mentors local youth, volunteers for the Indianapolis NAACP Young Adults Committee, and serves as the Racial Justice & Diversity Coordinator for IN NOW (National Organization for Women).

She seeks to represent and serve the people with a bold, pragmatic vision that will deliver real results for the families and communities in District 32 and for all Hoosiers.

 

 

MICHAEL BIENZ

INDIANA HOUSE DISTRICT 83

Michael is a high school English teacher. He holds a BS in Social Studies Education from Indiana University, Bloomington and a MA in Curriculum and Education Technology from Ball State. As State Representative, he looks forward to advocating for students, for teachers, and for everyone in Indiana.

AMANDA QUALLS

INDIANA HOUSE DISTRICT 49

Amanda is a current school board member, an HR professional, and a librarian by education. As a young Democrat, Amanda is excited to bring a new generation of leadership to the statehouse.

LAUREN HERNANDEZ-DECRANE

BOONE COUNTY TREASURER

“Republicans have been trading seats for years by running unopposed, giving the voters no choice. I am running to give the voters a choice. I have seen enough, and it is time to join this fight. I encourage all young democrats to do the same next election because anyone can run for local government.”

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