Pam Stewart Cook is running for re-election for Bean Blossom Township trustee on the Democratic ticket. A Democratic Party caucus appointed Pam in August 2013 and she was elected to serve her first full term as trustee in November 2014. In the years since, Pam has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in township government. She has submitted budgets, hired and supervised workers, maintained and restored cemeteries, supported and advocated for the local Volunteer Fire Department, balanced the books and completed annual reports. As trustee, she has supported the Stinesville Quarry Festival and provided funding for the town park.
If re-elected, Pam will advocate for local fire protection. In her first term, she increased the fire department’s annual operating budget by 20% without raising taxes and helped them secure additional Public Safety funding. She pledges to continue working closely with the VFD to navigate any changes in fire protection and to make sure an active station remains open in Bean Blossom Township.
As a responsible steward of Township resources, Pam has cleaned up two historic cemeteries during her tenure with minimal cost to taxpayers, thanks to support from a local cemetery group and volunteers. She endeavors to treat township assistance applicants with compassion and dignity while adhering to guidelines for administering assistance funds. Pam alleviates the financial burden on local taxpayers by referring applicants to agencies that can provide additional funding.
As a member of the Monroe County Trustee Association, Pam maintains good working relationships with both Democrat and Republican colleagues. She’s attended State Board of Accounts meetings and continuing education programs, and implemented an Internal Controls Policy for the Township to mitigate the risk of losses or errors.
Pam is a life-long resident of Bean Blossom Township and still lives on the farm where she was born. She attended grades 1-8 at Stinesville School and graduated from Edgewood High School. She has a B.A. in English from Indiana University and has done post-graduate work in Library Science. She has worked at the IU Wells Library for 40 years, working her way up to Senior Media Cataloger. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Indiana’s scenic back roads, going to concerts with her daughter, bird watching at Goose Pond and nature walks with her beloved dog, Betsy.