Candidate Statement, Trent Deckard County Council

In November, I informed the precinct chairs and vice-chairs of our party that I would be a candidate to replace Lee Jones as an At-Large Member of the Monroe County Council upon her election as a county commissioner. Lee has been a remarkable member of our county’s fiscal body and I take the opportunity to replace her very seriously. I believe that my fiscal experience at the local, state, and federal levels of government, along with my skills of communication and willingness to work well with other officials, will allow me to serve our county and its estimated 146,986 residents very well.

I have worked diligently in public service as an agency head and staff leader in state and federal government. I have experience navigating tough budgetary decisions and fighting for top budget priorities, all the while managing complex personnel issues. My state service includes more than two years as Chief of Staff of the Indiana House Democratic Caucus and as the Democratic Co-Director of the Indiana Election from 2011-2015. Before that, I spent four years as a District Director and Field Representative for U.S. Rep. Baron Hill while managing offices and staff in the Ninth Congressional District.

I have had incredible opportunities to work and serve Monroe County where I am an eighth generation native. Many of you may recall my time as the chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party, preceding the tenure of Mark Fraley. I currently serve as an appointed member of the Bloomington Traffic Commission. More recently, I have been active with United Way of Monroe County, Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County, and Bloomington Rotary Club. I also previously served on the board of Stepping Stones, an organization assisting teens experiencing homelessness. Professionally, I began an appointment as a Visiting Lecturer of Communication at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. These experiences, along with being a parent in the community, prepare me for some of the duties and issues we will face, including:

County Budget

This is the most important item the council creates as a reflection of our values and priorities along with the Sophia Travis Community Grant program. As a careful steward of our taxpayer dollars, I support spending that reflects the priorities of making a safer, more inclusive community for all concerned and that supports a healthier future for all residents including our most vulnerable citizens. We can also incentivize county employment, knowing we are m