Indiana’s Primary Election Recap
On Tuesday, May 8, Indiana voters cast their votes in Indiana's Primary Election. This year, seventy-eight women sought their Party’s nomination in state and federal level primary races. Sixty-three of those women advanced to the general election. Those numbers do not include the women who are running for county, township or school board, which expands the numbers further. Of particular note, seven women ran for U.S. Representative in primaries and four will be campaigning to win the general election in November. Those women are:
- Jackie Walorski (R) for the 2nd District
- Tara Nelson (D) for the 4th District
- Susan Brooks (R) for the 5th District
- Shelli Yoder (D) for the 9th District
At the state level, ten women are running for State Senate in the November election. However, with Senator Vi Simpson joining the gubernatorial race as the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor, that number may drop to nine depending on her senatorial successor. Thirty women are running for seats in the Indiana House of Representatives. Nineteen of them are incumbents, seven are challengers and four are running for an open seat. As with the Senate, that number may be decreased by one with Representative Sue Ellspermann adding her name to the Republican gubernatorial ticket as Lt. Governor.
2012 Advancing Women in Business Seminars
For the sixth year, Lt. Governor Becky Skillman will host the Annual Women in Business Seminar Series in four locations across the state. Organized through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, these one-day seminars focused on entrepreneurship and feature successful women business owners from the local community. Dates for the seminars are:
- June 5: Evansville
- June 22: Fort Wayne
- June 26: Bloomington
- July 26: Kokomo
Learn about the 2012 Torchbearer Award Recipients
In March, the Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) announced the recipients of the 2012 Torchbearer Awards at an induction ceremony held in the Indiana Government Center Auditorium. The Torchbearer Awards ceremony is the State of Indiana’s only program that honors the women of Indiana. This year’s recipients were:
- Diane Buyer, Indianapolis
- Laura Ciriello-Benedict, Indianapolis
- Carol Dawson, Jeffersonville
- Cathy Holloway-Hill, Charlestown
- Lisa Jeff, Indianapolis
- Melissa Martin, Indianapolis
- Marilyn Skinner, Kokomo
- Carolyn Pearson, Delphi
- Dana Renay, Carmel
- Viola Talioferro, Bloomington
- Vernell Thomas, Bloomington/Crane
Their stories have been uploaded to the Torchbearer website. You can also find a link to photos from this year’s ceremony. If you are interested in learning more about these and other Torchbearers, visit our website at: https://sites.google.com/site/icwtorchbearerawards/.
2012 Midwest Invent Your Future Conference for Women in Indianapolis on June 19
The 2012 Midwest Invent Your Future Conference for Women is coming to Indianapolis on June 19, 2012. This year’s theme is Innovation & Leadership: Breakthrough Strategies for Uncertain Times and will bring business experts and thought leaders who will inspire women across the region to accelerate their careers and businesses. Now in its 6th year, the Invent Your Future Conference originated in Silicon Valley and brings an exciting and unique opportunity for women to reach their full career potential by building leadership and entrepreneurial skills. This one-day educational program features power-packed keynote speakers and seminar sessions on innovation, determination and change, plus outstanding networking opportunities with local leaders and authors. Register at www.inventyourfuture.com.
About the Indiana Commission for Women
The Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) is committed to the full participation of women in all aspects of society in order to live, work and raise a family. ICW works to move Indiana women forward by encouraging all citizens to become more aware of the issues women face in Indiana and by assisting women to become better connected to the opportunities and resources available in their communities and throughout the State of Indiana and to become more engaged as leaders in resolving challenges that they face. ICW serves as the voice of women in Indiana by communicating their needs and concerns and by celebrating their successes and contributions made to our communities, state and nation.