Indiana Stonewall Democrats

Executive Board:

Josh Peters - President (CD-7) Completing my Political Science Degree from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, provided me extensive experience writing about political theory and political systems at an academic level, with concentration on political responses to environmental degradation. Working my way up from Project manager to Political Director and finally Executive Director of the Marion County Democratic party provided me with important insight into the workings of grassroots politics at the local level. My strongest interest lies in LGBTQ+ equality, electoral politics, and non-profit environmental issues advocacy because of the urgent need for action on issues of civil rights and environmental degradation.



 Dana Black, Vice President (CD-5) - is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis and loves being a resident of the great state of Indiana. After the introduction of HJR-3 and recent RFRA legislation, I realized change was needed in Indiana and and became a candidate for the Indiana House of Representatives; District 88 in 2016. Although the bid for House Rep fell short, I continue to work with the Indiana Democrat Party as the Deputy Chair for Engagement. From this role I am able to engage the community at large and spread the message that the Democrat Party is here for ordinary people. I also host a weekly radio show called Turn Left on radioNext.tv which features candidates and elected officials who represent Indiana Democratic Party. 


Tyler Mayer, Secretary (CD-4) Tyler is a Senior at Ball State University studying Public Relations with plans to attend McKinney School of Law pursuant to graduation. In 2016, Tyler worked on John Gregg's Gubernatorial campaign. Following the election Tyler was voted onto the Board of Indiana Stonewall Democrats and now serves as Secretary of the Board. He also serves as Secretary of the Hendricks County Democratic Party and various other legislative and political roles.


 Russ Sipes, Treasurer (CD-7) - After serving in the Army, Russ attended IU for a degree in Public and Environmental Policy. While there, he served throughout college on the Board of the Indiana Public Interest Group, beginning his work on progressive policy issues. He spent the last semester as an Intern with the Indiana State Senate, then worked on the Senate staff for another session, before working on several campaigns.

The commitment to justice, equality, and fairness that drive Russ’ representation of clients, also led to his work with Indiana advocacy organizations like the Indiana Trial Lawyers and Citizens’ Action Coalition, and with progressive political groups like the Indiana Stonewall Democrats. Russ and his Wife Trish Whitcomb live on the northwest side of Indianapolis with their dog Sonny and enjoy time with their children and grandchildren.  Both of them still then can make a difference. 


Board Members:

 

Zach Adamson (CD-7)- As a small business owner in downtown Indianapolis and community development advocate for nearly 2 decades, Zach spends much of his time advocating for the issues important to working families on the Indianapolis City-County Council where he currently serves as Vice President. 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 and Best local Political Advocate in 2015. In March of 2017, Zach was selected at Circle Citizen of the week by NUVO. Zach is the owner/operator at Urban Designs, a downtown hair salon and he and his spouse​, Christian, live in the Willard Park neighborhood on the city’s Near Eastside.

 

 Dr. Robert Dion (CD-8) - is the chair of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society at the University of Evansville. He is a founding board member of the Indiana Stonewall Democrats. For over a dozen years, he has chaired the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission, and he has twice been selected to serve on the Indiana State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He is faculty adviser to the College Democrats on his campus, a longtime precinct committee-person, and has been a frequent delegate to party conventions. His dissertation focused on the politics of the debate over gays in the military.



  

Katie Doyle (CD-5) - Katie is a lifelong Hoosier, Indianapolis native and graduate of IUPUI. She has worked on numerous campaigns, including the US Senate campaigns for former Congressman Baron Hill and former Governor Evan Bayh. Katie has been a member of Stonewall Democrats since 2016 and is a finance consultant for Democratic campaigns and organizations.

     

Belinda was born and raised in Gary, IN and she made it a point to thrive in spite of her environment. She graduated from IUPUI with her Bachelor’s in Political Science and a minor in Legal Studies. As a senior at IUPUI she was able to start her political career as an intern with Congressman Carson and she continues her community engagement while being a part of the Indianapolis Public Allies. As a Public Ally, she partnered with Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center, as a City Engagement Curriculum Coordinator. Belinda currently volunteers to better our youth as a Girls Basketball Coach at Cathedral High School. As an employee of Eli Lilly-Covance, she helps individuals improve their health by facilitating access to medical innovations. Belinda lives in Lawrence Township with her beautiful wife. 



 

Chris FitzGerald (CD-9) — With a mission to expand opportunity for ALL Hoosiers, Chris is excited to help amplify the voices of LGBTQ Democrats within Indiana. After recently moving back to his hometown of New Albany, IN, Chris is currently the Operations Coordinator with the Vacant and Public Property Administration within the Louisville Metro Government. Chris brings nearly 2 decades of experience of helping elect Democrats across the nation at every level. Beyond his professional and political work, Chris enjoys the many coffee shops and restaurants that are reinvigorating downtown New Albany. 2018 is already shaping up to be a dynamic year, and in 2018 Chris has announced his candidacy for the Indiana State House of Representatives - District 72. 



 

Bruce A. Hayes (CD-3) is a political activist, long-term not-for-profit volunteer, project management professional, special event planner, and avid roller coaster enthusiast. "I have voted in every Primary and General Election. Then I started to offer financial support and volunteered to help with canvassing. I see it still is not enough. We need to come together so we can move the needle in the left direction and ensure we do not lose the progress made during my lifetime. I stayed in Indiana to make it a better place. I am a Member, and Board Member of the Currently I hold the office of Allen County Stonewall Democrats. I have been a Democratic Party State Convention Delegate in the 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 conventions and have been a Precinct Committeeman since 2010.

 

Christian Mosburg - (CD-7) Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, and having lived all over the U.S. since, Christian moved to Indianapolis at the end of 2003. Christian's first political involvement was working towards passing a school referendum when he was in secondary school. Shortly after moving to Indianapolis, Christian became involved with several LGBTQ organizations trying to pass ENDA and fight hateful anti-marriage amendments being pushed in Indiana. Christian is the past Secretary and President of Indiana Stonewall Democrats, serves as a Precinct Committee Person, and currently serves as the President of Willard Park Civic Alliance, and the Chair of the Indianapolis Animal Care Services Advisory Board. He and his spouse, Zach live on the Neareast Side with the dogs, chickens, and bees on a small urban farm.


 Rick Sutton (CD-07)
 

Kate Sweeney-Bell (CD-07) - In 2014 Kate was elected Marion County Recorder and this is Kate’s first publicly elected office. As Recorder, she served on a 2015 advisory committee with the Public Records Industry Association to review changes in the mortgage industry and was elected to serve on the 2016 National Association of County Recorders, Elected Officials and Clerks board of directors. Also in 2016, Kate was appointed to the Indianapolis City Market board and elected by her peers as District Vice President of the Indiana Recorder’s Association. ​In 2017, Kate received the William A. Crawford Public Service Award from the Coalition for Homeless Intervention and Prevention for her work to maintain funding for homeless programs and services through recording fees.

A graduate of IUPUI and recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, Kate has more than 20 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors. Kate lives in the historic Herron-Morton neighborhood with her husband and their two children. ​


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