Press Release about Candidacy

Kate Wiltz Seeks Open Seat on Monroe County Council

Wiltz will run for District 2 council seat

Monroe County, IN, – Kate Wiltz, a long-time resident of Monroe County, has announced her candidacy for Monroe County Council. Wiltz is a project manager at the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands and graduated from Indiana University. She earned a master’s degree in natural resources from Ohio State University and worked for the Agricultural Extension Service before returning to Indiana with her husband to raise her family.

“Years of working with landowners and communities on issues that directly affect their quality of life have given me a strong foundation for public service. We must  focus on careful stewardship and management of our county's economic and environmental resources. As your Council member, I will make decisions by listening to your concerns and staying informed - bringing progressive values to the table and working with my partners in county government.”

Wiltz has been active in several local organizations and managed Amanda Barge’s successful campaign for County Commissioner in 2016. She currently serves on the Monroe County Environmental Commission, where her skills in facilitation and collaboration have been helping to shape the direction of that group’s work.

Amanda states,"I am honored to serve as Chair for Kate Wiltz's District 2 County Council campaign. As a District 2 resident, I'm thrilled to see someone with Kate's character, intelligence and dedication to community service stepping up to serve. I have known Kate as a mom, a school volunteer, and as a campaign organizer. In every role, she is caring and consistent in her approach. We need public servants who ask tough questions and listen effectively, who do their homework and prioritize the needs of all residents. Kate brings these skills to the job and will be a steady, trustworthy public servant."

If elected, Wiltz’s skills in project management and collaborative decision-making will allow her to work with members of Council and government to actively support sustainability initiatives that allow Monroe County to thrive economically and environmentally. She sees fiduciary responsibility as critical to supporting the services Monroe County residents have come to expect, including safe neighborhoods and streets, greenspaces and connectivity, and a community health approach that allows allresidents to access the care and support they need.

Kate has worked at the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands in the School of Public Health at Indiana University since 2013. She lives in Bloomington with her husband, Jim, and daughters, Marleyla and Elowen. Jim is a Bloomington native and is the Director of the Milestones Clinic at Stone Belt Arc.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kate Wiltz at 812-679-8718 or email at [email protected] .