Shelli Yoder is a councilor for Monroe County Council who is running for re-election to continue serving the people of District 1.
In her capacity as Monroe County Councilor, Shelli served two years as vice president and was recently elected to serve as president for 2018. Shelli has worked tirelessly to educate herself about all county departments. She has served as the liaison for the offices of the assessor, prosecutor, clerk, auditor, treasurer, public defender, weights and measures, aviation, legal, commissioners, and coroner. She is the former president of the Personnel Administration Committee and has served multiple years on the Fleet Financing and Energy Commission, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation Board, and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. Shelli has served on the Monroe County Women’s Commission and is a member of the inaugural Monroe County Opioid Commission. Alongside Commissioner Amanda Barge, she co-founded and co-chaired the first annual South Central Indiana Opioid Summit in September 2017, drawing more than 500 attendees from 11 area counties.
Shelli is a lecturer at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in the Department of Business Communication, Professional and Computer Skills. She is also on staff at First United Church, a progressive United Church of Christ congregation with a rich history and commitment to social justice. In 2012 and 2016, Shelli received the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives District 9 seat. She received the 2013 Emerging Leader Award from the City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women. Shelli resides in Bloomington with her husband, Josh Perry, and their three children.
Shelli’s campaign focuses on three core issues: 1) smart growth, 2) effective government, and 3) support for our neighbors with the greatest needs. To that end, Shelli has worked steadfastly to pass a fiscally responsible county budget each year, voted in favor of improved emergency services with allocations to the new 911 dispatch center, approved Ivy Tech Community College expansion to address workforce development needs and increase life sciences training opportunities, and led the charge on the County Council to respond swiftly to the opioid crisis with an emphasis on evidence-based and proven effective approaches to substance misuse and addiction.
If re-elected as councilor, Shelli will continue to address the opioid crisis in a concerted and holistic way using evidence-based approaches, concentrate on fiscally responsible and responsive county budget planning and management, and support smart and sustainable growth, particularly as it pertains to the proposed hospital campus and Monroe County Convention Center expansion.