James Wells (CD-7) James Leonard Wells, Jr., born and raised in Gary, IN is the former Secretary of the Indiana Young Democrats. Upon graduation in 2013, he enrolled in classes at Ball State University (BSU) where he would go on to create his own major called Urban Statesmanship and lead the Ball State University Democrats as President from 2014 to 2015. He was also elected in 2016 as the President of the Ball State University Student Government. After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree, James joined the Indiana Young Democrats as the Communications Director in 2018, bringing with him years of experience in campaign volunteering through phone banking and canvassing. James has volunteered on local races such as Congressman Pete Visclosky in the IN 1st Congressional District, State Senator Tim Lanane, State Representatives Sue Errington and Melanie Wright, and national races with the Obama 2008 Campaign and the Hillary for America Campaign. As Communications Director, he would be a part of the team of young, Democrat Hoosiers who brought and hosted the Young Democrats of America National Convention to Indiana in 2019. At that same convention, many of his peers approached him to run for Chair of the LGBTQ+ Caucus, which he won unopposed. At the start of 2020, James was appointed by the Indiana Young Democrat Executive Committee to fill the role of Secretary and elected to the Indiana Stonewall Democrats Board of Directors. He is dedicated to community and economic development through the use of equitable, sustainable, and resilient urban planning techniques. James' local chapter of membership is the Marion County Young Democrats.