Dr. Woody Myers is the 2020 Democratic candidate for Governor of Indiana. A third-generation Hoosier, he is also a physician, former Indiana State Health Commissioner, business owner, husband, father, and grandfather.
An Indianapolis native, Woody is a proud product of Indianapolis public schools and a graduate of Shortridge High School. He completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University and went on to earn his medical degree from Harvard University at age 23 and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University. Throughout his career, Woody addressed important problems with every organization he has led, generating real results and leaving each of them stronger and ready for the challenges ahead.
"I’m running to be Governor of Indiana, because our state needs new leadership that puts people first, not politics. As Governor, I will fight to ensure that all Hoosiers can access affordable health care, students receive a high-quality education, we protect our environment, and workers have good-paying jobs across Indiana. We’re living in an extraordinary time. The coronavirus pandemic has reminded us how important it is to elect leaders who can think ahead to the challenges we face, act quickly in times of turmoil, and put the people of Indiana before everything else. I am that leader."
Life-long Tippecanoe County resident and children's healthcare reform advocate Joseph Mackey is running to become Indiana's Representative for the 4th Congressional District. A life-long Catholic, Joe graduated from Lafayette Central Catholic High School and he and his wife, Tami, are active members of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Their oldest son, Connor, is a 2014 graduate of Indiana University and works for a medical marketing firm in Chicago.
Joe and Tami lost two of their children to pediatric cancers in 2013 and 2015, and have since become fervent advocates for the families of children with cancer. Their foundation, the Claire E. and Patrick G. Mackey Children's Cancer Foundation, provides various forms of assistance to those families struggling with the challenges of having a child with cancer and raises funds to support pediatric specific cancer research.
Alex has a vision for Indiana where there is a Big Future for Everyone. Alex is a democratic candidate looking to represent each and every person in District 25, which includes parts of Tippecanoe County, White County, Carroll County, Cass County, and Clinton County.
Alex was born and raised in West Lafayette. He graduated valedictorian from Harrison High School and with honors from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. Alex is a proud Hoosier who is committed to making a difference in his home state and community. He's a loving husband to his wife, Arielle, and a loving father to his dog, Jay.
Alex is here to see to it that Indiana becomes a model of a state and communities of the future. He looks forward to connecting with Hoosiers and voters across his district.
During his career in education, Tom’s priority has always been what is best for the students. As IN District 38 Representative, Tom will always ask what is best for the citizens of our district.
Tom is an advocate for the hard-working Hoosiers in District 38.
He grew up in Cass County and graduated from Logansport High School, later attending Indiana University Kokomo and IUPUI where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. He is a licensed in elementary education, middle school math, and mild intervention K-12. He’s taught in both middle school and high school and currently teaches STEM at Maple Crest Middle School.
Tom served two terms as Clerk Treasurer in Camden and also worked at D&B Ready-mix, Deichman Excavating, and Keystone Consulting.
He and his wife, Billie, live in Flora and have called Carroll County home for over 30 years. They have three children and three grandsons.
Laura is lifelong resident of Cass County. Born in Kokomo, and raised in Logansport, she is a 1996 graduate of Logansport High School.
Laura attended Indiana University- Kokomo and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Science and Social Studies. After spending a year as a substitute teacher at Landis Elementary she was offered a job at Winamac Community High School. While in Winamac, she taught subjects ranging from advanced biology to general physical science. While there, she has been awarded grants to study aquaponics and research the environmental impact of toxins from electronic devices.
During her tenure at Winamac, she was a sponsor of extracurricular clubs, including Future Problem Solvers that advanced to state competition ten years in a row, and Students Against Destructive Decisions, also known as SADD.
During her time as a SADD Sponsor, she accompanied students to the Indiana State House to advocate for suicide awareness and prevention.
She has been a member of the Indiana Teacher Association and served as past president of the Eastern Pulaski Teacher's Association. She also served as Chair of the science department and served on the school improvement committee. Laura is currently teaching eighth grade science at Logansport Junior High school.
Laura has been married to her high school sweetheart for more than twenty years and together they have two sons. Her oldest, Dakota is a graduate of Indiana University-Kokomo with a degree in History and Political science. Her youngest, Aedan attends Pioneer Jr/Sr High school and hopes to go to Purdue to be a biomedical engineer.
"I'm a Democrat because I care about the people. I believe the Democratic Party is the party that wants what's best for people and cares more about what is right for an individual over a corporation. Since the 1960's the Democratic Party has been a leader in the civil rights movement. The party has fought for the rights of woman and minorities and fought for equal protections in the workplace and in education. This is a party that wants what is best for the people it represents and puts people before politics. These are values I strive to follow in my campaign."
Alyssa enters the race for Cass County Coroner as perhaps the most qualified first-time candidates to run for the office.
She has an Associates in Paralegal Studies and Bachelors in Human Biology at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. She is experienced with actively investigating and certifying death certificates.
While at the university, she worked at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where she assisted in autopsies and death investigations. She's also published research on the opiate epidemic with Dr. Thomas Andrew who was the Chief Coroner.
After completing her degree, Alyssa was appointed as a Medicolegal Death Investigator in Dane County, Wisconsin, where she worked over 300 death investigations.
In October 2018, she was the lead investigator of an active shooter case in Madison, Wisconsin.
In 2019 Alyssa moved back to Cass County to be closer to her family. She grew up in Logansport and is a 2012 graduate of Pioneer High School.
Karen has been a fighter what is fair and just her entire career. She's been an Indiana State Senator since 2005 and is currently the Senate Democrat Caucus Chair, the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee and sits on the State Budget Committee. She also serves on the Committees for Corrections and Criminal Code, Pensions and Labor, and Energy and Environment.
Karen has a B.A. from the University of Chicago, and graduated Magna cum Laude from Valparaiso University Law School. She has practiced law in Northwest Indiana for 29 years.
During her career in the Indiana State Senate, she authored the bill to restructure the way mortgage foreclosures are filed to ensure homeowners' rights. She is well known for her work to decriminalize possession of marijuana and supports medical marijuana.
She has received numerous awards from groups as diverse as the ACLU, the Society of Innovators, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, and the United Steelworkers.
Karen lives in Ogden Dunes, Indiana, next to Indiana’s newest National Park, and raised three children there.
"I'm a proud Democratic because I believe in a fair and just criminal justice system, that women's rights are human rights, and that healthcare should be a right not a privilege. I am proud to have fought for these values for 15 years in the Indiana Senate." Karen Tallian
Jonathan Weinzapfel has more than three decades of experience serving Indiana in both the public and private sector.
Jonathan first held elected office as a State Representative in the Indiana General Assembly, where he served as Chairman of both environmental and criminal justice committees.
Jonathan served as the Mayor of Evansville for two successful terms from 2004 to 2011. Under Jonathan’s leadership, Evansville was named the Community of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, chosen as the best mid-sized metro area in the nation for relocating families and voted the #1 city in the country in which to live, work and play. During his tenure, Jonathan created more than 2,000 well-paying jobs in Evansville by promoting regional economic development efforts, revitalized Evansville neighborhoods by developing new housing and assisting small businesses, and rejuvenated its downtown with the construction of the Ford Center, the Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville, a loft program for new housing and much more. What’s more, Jonathan did all of this with a balanced budget every year he was in office.
Most recently, Jonathan served as Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College, where he led several successful initiatives aimed at providing affordable, quality educational programs to Hoosiers in southwestern Indiana and preparing them for good-paying jobs. One of these initiatives was the Achieve Your Degree program, which began on the Evansville campus, and now has spread to nearly all of the 19 campuses throughout the state. The program partners with employers to provide a free community college education to their employees and remove the upfront costs to encourage them to continue their education. Jonathan also spearheaded the College Connection Coach and Pathways Plus Initiatives, two initiatives aimed at providing career and academic counseling to Indiana high school students and assisting them with earning a college credential before they graduate from high school.
Jonathan also has extensive private sector experience as an attorney, journalist and professor, including his roles with a Fortune 200 company and one of the top 100 banking companies in the United States. Jonathan recently accepted a position as Partner with Jones Wallace LLC, an Evansville legal firm serving mid-size tri-state businesses.
Jonathan and his wife Patricia reside in Evansville with their three children Nathaniel, Benjamin and Eleanor
DUANE ULLOM, City Clerk Treasurer
I have been a Democrat since I began voting. I believe the values of the Democratic Party best represent the interest of the majority of the American population, especially those of the lower and middle class income group.
The Democratic philosophies of better education, higher wages for workers, and civil rights for everyone have always been important to me. And these principals are extremely important in this day and age, given the actions of our current political leaders.
I retired from teaching science at Lewis Cass High School. I taught biology and other sciences for 37 years. I also coached for thirty years, being involved with football, wrestling and softball. I have been a Lewis Cass Association Building Representative and a member of the teacher's union bargaining team for six years. I was also a past president and six year board member of the Galveston Little League. I am a three-year member and current president of the Logansport Parks and Recreation Board.
As Clerk Treasurer of Logansport, I will make all city transactions transparent. I will work with the City Council, Mayor Martin, and department heads to maintain an appropriate city budget. I will work to maintain the best health insurance possible for city employees. And I would want to update our computer systems to make them more efficient for maintaining and accessing data for our employees and the public.
During my free time I enjoy running, biking, fishing, and hunting. And I love to spend time with my grandson.
DAVE MORRIS, City Council Ward 1
As a child my grandmother Georgia Olson was very involved in the Democrat party and she was the vice chairman of the Cass County Democrats. She taught me that it was important to be involved and that together we can make a difference. She believed that everyone mattered and that we are only as strong as our weakest link. That is what I believe it means to be a Democrat.
As a councilman I am chairman of the Public Utilities Committee. Our committee has worked closely with the Utilities Service Board.
Accomplishments include an agreement between the city and Logansport Municipal Utilities to convert all current street lighting to LED within three years, saving the city thousands of dollars.
We established a solar committee which agreed to purchase power from a proposed 10 milliwatt solar field to be constructed west of Holland Street.
I worked as a letter carrier for the Logansport Post Office for 35 yrs. retiring in 2014.
My wife Julie and I have seven children, 10 grandchildren and a great granddaughter, with whom we spend a lot of time. Hobbies include running, gardening (love flowers), traveling, and doing volunteer work.
LARRY HOOD , City Council Ward 2
AMY DENSBORN, City Council Ward 3
I have always been a very proud Democrat. Democrats are working class voters who want to roll their sleeves up and get work done. Democrats support each other and the community. Democrats are inclusive, inviting all to be among their membership regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Democrats believe that the creation of wealth and the pursuit of happiness are the rights of everyone in the community and not just the privileged few at the top. I feel my late father stated it best while discussing politics a few months before his passing. He said “Amy, is there another party?” For me and my family, there is no other party.
I am most proud of my efforts to make Logansport a more sustainable city. Together with my colleagues, I have worked on a number of initiatives to improve the sustainability of our city for the present and set for a more prosperous future. Examples include:
I am a science teacher at Lewis Cass High School. The subjects I teach are biology, earth space science and advanced placement environmental science. I am also the proud coach of the Lewis Cass Middle School Cross Country Team.
SCOTT PEATTIE, City Council Ward 4
I am a Democrat because I am a blue collar worker and former union member. Since President Franklin Roosevelt, Democrats have worked to better the lives of people like me. I've been fortunate to have worked and served with some great Democrats, including three term mayor Gene Monahan.
Since joining the City Council two years ago, I've been honored to be a part of improving Logansport by supporting businesses and our city departments. I've led efforts to reduce littering at Riverside Park and Logan Tire. I worked with the Logansport Police Department and the Department of Natural Resources to increase patrols and curb littering along the the Eel River. As a result, littering citations have been drastically reduced.
I retired from Logansport Municipal Utilities after 33 1/2 years. My free time is dedicated to the City Council, Emmaus Mission Center, and working as security at Purdue Athletics. The rest is spent fishing.
CARL McPHERSON, City Council Ward 5
I believe each person, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation deserves equal respect and equal rights to pursue a meaningful life. I believe we are responsible for each other.
I was born and went to school in Logansport. I attended McNees University on a track scholarship and earned a masters degrees in administration and supervision.
After working at Purdue University, I was project director of the Electronic Benefit Transfer under Gov. Evan Bayh. Afterwords, I was supervisor of finance under governor Frank O’Bannon.
I've served on the City of Logansport's Board of Public Works and was appointed board Emergency Management Agency Cass County.
Logansport is a great city and I believe with non-partisan cooperation we can make it even better. We need to keep focusing on safety for all our residents, and listen to those who have different ideas. If we use our resources wisely, we can get a lot accomplished.
My wife, Linda, and I enjoy spending time with our four children and nine grandchildren.
JAKE LeDONNE, City Council At-Large
A genuine openness to all people is why I identify with the Democrat Party. I believe it's important to hear the opinions of all. It's important for people to feel included, where no one feels left out of discussions that determine the future of our city.
My focus as a councilman is to bring renewable resource projects to the area and the jobs they support.
In my free time, I enjoy being in the company of family and friends.
RANDY ROZZI, Cass County Coroner
Randy has had a lifetime of public service.
He served on the Logansport Police Department for 20 years and retired from the force as Police Chief.
He's been a Case Manager with Cass/Pulaski Community Corrections since 2009 and has served as Cass County Coroner since 2013.
He started his career in the family's business working with his father as manager of the Logan Roller Rink from 1980 until 1997.
"Being a Democrat is all about helping others, which I have been doing all my adult life and still continue to do so. " Randy Rozzi
Our four officers comprising the Cass INDems Central Committee are all new since April 2019. They come together as a team with a broad scope of backgrounds and skills to put into action and an earnest devotion to our community, our state, and our nation.
They share a vision that when people do well, our country does well. That when the least among us is fed, in a safe home, and cared for, we are all better for it. That our aspirations to work for a better community are founded upon bringing all people along with us and to clear a path for new ideas and creative solutions.
We won't do this alone. We are looking for new candidates and volunteers to join us. We invite you to join us and "be the change you want to see".
Dan Arnett, Treasurer
President of United Steel Workers Local 4863
Cristina Cortez-Perez Cook, Secretary
Logansport High School Teacher
Lita Rouser, Chair
Purdue Center for Regional Development Business Advisor
Bill Wilson, Vice-Chair
"We are a party of innovation. We do not reject our traditions, but we are willing to adapt to changing circumstances, when change we must. We are willing to suffer the discomfort of change in order to achieve a better future."
- Barbara Jordan
Barbara Jordan was an American lawyer, educator and politician who was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. A Democrat, she was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first Southern African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representative