IYD VIRTUAL CONVENTION Schedule
Event Date: June 20th, 2020
Timing: 10 am – 3 pm
Event to take place virtually. More details on programming and speakers to be announced.
- Indianapolis City-County Councilman, Keith Potts
Welcome – General Session
- Gavel In remarks delivered by Convention Chair
- Acknowledgments by Arielle Brandy, IYD President and James Wells, Vice President
- Remarks by guest speaker Former Gubernatorial Candidate, Josh Owens
- KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Former Candidate for President and Mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg
- Election of IYD officers
- Candidates of contested races make speeches
- Remarks by guest speakers U.S. Congressman Andre Carson and Pete Visclosky
- Results of the election announced
- Lunch with Statewide Nominees
Breakout Sessions & Trainings I
- Entering Public Service During a Global Pandemic
- Digital Organizing: Empowering Supporters Online
Breakout Sessions & Trainings II
- How to Connect with Voters Using Your Personal Story
- Building a Democratic Coalition in a Red State
- KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Former State Representative and Candidate for Congressional District 5, Christina Hale moderated by State Representative, Karlee Macer
Close of Convention
Final call to action – IYD leadership
Former Candidate for President and Mayor of South Bend
Pete Buttigieg has served as two-term mayor of South Bend, Indiana and was a Democratic candidate for president of the United States in 2020. A graduate of Harvard University and an Oxford Rhodes Scholar, Buttigieg enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve and became a lieutenant when he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. In April 2019 he announced his candidacy for president and in February 2020 won the Iowa Caucuses, becoming the first openly gay person to ever win a presidential primary or caucus.
Pete is the son of Joseph Buttigieg, a first-generation immigrant from Malta, and Anne Montgomery, a fifth-generation Hoosier. They raised him in South Bend, Indiana, in the same neighborhood where he lives today with his husband, Chasten, and their rescue dogs, Buddy and Truman.
South Bend was once home to Studebaker, one of the largest car manufacturers in America. Like many other Americans in the industrial Midwest, Pete grew up surrounded by empty factories and abandoned houses, hearing that the only way to a good life was to get out.
Leaving for college, Pete found himself part of a generation that came of age with school shootings, the generation that provided the majority of the troops in the conflicts after 9/11, the generation that is on the business end of climate change, and the generation that—unless we take action—stands to be the first to be worse off economically than their parents.
Pete returned to the Midwest after graduating and took a job in the private sector, before realizing his heart was in public service. In 2011, Pete ran for and was elected Mayor of South Bend on a promise to bring the city back with a new approach to politics and new ideas.
As mayor, Pete worked across the aisle to transform South Bend into a 21st-century city and improve people’s everyday lives. Household income rose by 31 percent. Poverty fell by a third, and unemployment was cut in half. The city launched a tech education center and brought nearly $400 million in private investment to downtown.
At the same time, Pete worked to build a South Bend community where every resident could feel safe and included. His first-of-its-kind municipal identification cards for undocumented immigrants brought residents out of the shadows, while a small business incubator established in a historically-Black neighborhood worked to expand opportunity. And while South Bend’s turnaround continues, the people of South Bend have come to believe in their city once more.
During his first term, Pete took a leave of absence to deploy to Afghanistan. As a Lieutenant in the Navy, Pete served with Americans from every part of the country, of every ethnicity and faith. He saw firsthand that when you bring Americans from different backgrounds together in common purpose, you can build the strongest fighting force in the world.
Pere ran for president in 2020, offering a new generation of American leadership and promising to build a new politics defined by belonging. In February 2020, he became the first openly gay person to ever win a presidential primary or caucus.
In his speech withdrawing from the race on March 1, 2020, he called on supporters to continue championing the values of his campaign and build, “a country that really does empower every American to thrive and a future where everyone belongs.” Pete launched Win the Era PAC and Action Fund because he believes that at this moment in American history when there is simply too much at stake to retreat to the sidelines and that everyone has a role to play in building the era that must come next.
Former State Representative and Candidate for Congressional District 5
A lifelong Hoosier, Christina Hale understands the challenges that families in the 5th District face every day. She earned her degree at Purdue while raising her son as a single mom, balancing work and school with daycare runs and bedtime stories. She ensured Owen had health insurance, even when she couldn’t afford it for herself. Those were difficult times, but led Christina to a career in service of others.
As a nonprofit leader at Kiwanis International, Christina focused on community and economic development, putting politics aside to work on problems here in Indiana and around the world. She decided to first run for the State House when she saw that the needs of her community weren’t being addressed. Christina spent months knocking on doors and listening to the concerns of her neighbors. And she won.
While serving in the Indiana General Assembly, Christina earned a reputation as someone who got good things done for people. Even as a member of a super-minority, she was able to pass more than 60 bills, every single one with bipartisan support. That’s why she’s running for Congress – to get things done for Hoosier families.
United States Representative for Indiana’s 7th Congressional District
United States Representative for Indiana’s 1st Congressional District
State Representative Karlee Macer has served for 8 years in the Indiana House of Representatives and is a resident and native of Wayne Township, on the west side of Indianapolis.
As the former president of the Wayne Township Education Foundation and of the 40 West Business Association, as well as decades of professional experience working with seniors, Representative Macer has worked with students, workers and business leaders to accomplish shared goals in the community. She is also a founding member of the community and economic development non-profit, Indy Gateway, which is focused on improving the quality of life for everyone on the west side. By fighting for industry in both the public and private sector, she has worked to create jobs with livable wages in House District 92.
Representative Macer is the first democrat to represent her district in over 60 years, and is the first woman to have ever held her position. She has traveled the state encouraging new people to run for office, and training prospective candidates for leadership roles.
Representative Macer serves as the Assistant Minority Leader and is the ranking minority member on the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee while also serving on the Commerce, Small Business, and Economic Development Committee, and the Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee.
Former Gubernatorial Candidate
Josh Owens is an entrepreneur, educator, & community activist. As CEO of Indianapolis-based SupplyKick, Josh put Hoosiers first with a minimum $50,000 salary for all team members as the company grew rapidly. As a faculty member at Butler University, Josh taught over 2,000 students in economics and statistics while leading the development of digital and hybrid courses. And as a democratic candidate for Indiana Governor and Indiana’s first openly-LGBTQ+ candidate for statewide office, Josh developed the leading plan to increase pay for all Hoosier teachers and fought for universal background checks, criminal justice reform, cannabis legalization, and climate justice.
Josh is a founding board member of Vote Safe Indiana, working to expand vote by mail for all Hoosiers, and the Orr Fellowship, working to keep college graduates in Indiana. Josh and his husband Andy live in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis City-County Councilman
Councillor Keith Potts (he/him/his) is an arts advocate, having graduated in 2012 from the Boston Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He works with local not-for-profit arts organizations, teaching after-school music classes, directing, and performing with organizations like the Phoenix Theatre, Indy Shakes, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Actors Theatre of Indiana, and Civic Theatre.
Potts’ political work has been centered on issue-based campaigns and progressive candidates, with a particular focus on protecting women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and the environment. Potts lives in Nora with his husband, Dr. Bryan Dodd, and their rescue dog, Mak.