Registered voters in Marion County went to the polls May 7 to decide which candidates will move on to the general election in November. As of the morning of May 8, most of the races had enough votes counted and a wide enough margin to declare a winner (denoted with a check mark). In the interest of space, the Recorder is listing only those races that had more than one candidate.
Mayor (D), 98% reporting
Joe Hogsett (I) 84% ✔
Denise Hatch 16%
Mayor (R), 98% reporting
James Merritt Jr. 83% ✔
Christopher Moore 15%
Felipe Rios 3%
City-County Council District 13 (D), 98% reporting
Keith Graves 68% ✔
Deandra Yates 32%
City-County Council District 14 (D), 98% reporting
La Keisha Jackson (I) 88% ✔
Rena Allen 12%
City-County Council District 15 (D), 98% reporting
Jessica McCormick 85% ✔
Bryan Chatfield 15%
City-County Council District 16 (D), 98% reporting
Kristin Jones 72% ✔
Patrick Wagner 28%
City-County Council District 24 (R), 96% reporting
Doug Wood 55% ✔
Thomas Vaughn 45%
City-County Council District 3 (D), 98% reporting
Dan Boots 78% ✔
Coleman Watson 22%
City-County Council District 4 (D), 98% reporting
Ethan Evans 63% ✔
Timothy Knight 37%
City-County Council District 5 (D), 98% reporting
Alison Brown 57% ✔
Crystal Puckett 25%
Sherron Franklin 18%
City-County Council District 8 (D), 98% reporting
Monroe Gray Jr. (I) 72% ✔
Eric Cunningham 28%
City-County Council District 9 (D), 98% reporting
William Oliver (I) 44% ✔
Leigh Riley Evans 39%
Martha Blue 9%
Phillip Anderson Sr. 8%
Mayor (D), 98% reporting
Jamar Cobb-Dennard 56% ✔
Ray Anderson 44%
Mayor (R), 98% reporting
Steve Collier (I) 62% ✔
Bob Jones 38%
City Council District 5 (D), 98% reporting
Becky Parker (I) 74% ✔
Stan Stephens 26%
City Council At Large (R), 98% reporting
David Parnell 34%
David Blount 34%
Marl Clark 32%
Council At Large (D), 98% reporting
Ashley Piland, 37%
Dan McMillan 32%
Buddy Templin (I) 32%
Council District 3 (R), 98% reporting
Robert Ferguson 68% ✔
David Grenoble 32%
Southport mayor (R), 98% reporting
James Cooney 65% ✔
Vernon Testruth 35%
City Council District 2 (R), 98% reporting
Carol Bowling 90% ✔
Billy McKinney 10%
City Council District 3 (R), 98% reporting
Joseph Haley Jr. (I) 68% ✔
Jacklynn Bettis 32%
Clerk-Treasurer (R), 98% reporting
Diane Buchanan 67% ✔
Shara Hostetler 33%
Town Council District 3 (R), 98% reporting
Dan Jensen 59% ✔
Eli Hendry 41%
Yes 65% ✔
Wayne Township Schools Referendum
Yes 63% ✔
Meridian Hills Referendum
Yes 88% ✔
When Matthew Steward left Indiana University in 1981 with a degree in political science, he returned to Indianapolis and wanted to continue some of the work he did during his undergraduate years with student government. At IU, Steward was part of a group that organized student programming, including having guest speakers, and remembered how impactful those speakers were.
In the real world, though, there aren't mandatory student fees to fund such events. So the question became: Is there a market for this in Indianapolis? More than three decades later, the answer is a resound-
ing yes. Actress and singer Phylicia Rashad will cap off the 33rd speaker series May 9 at JW Marriott.
Steward Speakers started in 1986, when comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, who died in 2017, launched the speaker series that over the years has welcomed highprofile African American guests such as Steve Harvey, Eric Holder and Viola Davis. Last year, Magic Johnson closed out the series by giving a random student in the audience a $40,000 college scholarship. Not even Steward Speakers' organizers knew it was coming.
"It wasn't just a lecture," said Steward Speakers board member Tamara Cypress. "It was someone who stepped up, and he put his money where his mouth was and gave that scholarship, and the whole crowd went crazy."
For Steward, the purpose of bringing respected African American leaders to Indianapolis is simple: It's good for the community to see these people.
"People are who they see," said Steward, president of Steward Speakers. "And that's what we're hoping for the speaker series to do, to bring those national role models to let the community see that these are just regular people that started, many of them, from humble beginnings and rose to the level they did."
There's also an apparent benefit for the speakers who come to Indianapolis, a city often overlooked with the likes of Chicago, Cincinnati and St. Louis nearby. Steward said comedian and actress Amanda Seales, who opened the 2018-19 speaker series, remarked that she didn't know there was "this kind of robust, energetic African American community in Indianapolis."
Speakers who sign on to take part in the lecture series know they'll be doing more than just talking. Every speaker has to also do a school visit, and they make themselves available to media so anyone who can't attend the lecture can still get some exposure. Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, who was part of a Steward Speakers panel in October 2018, met with local pastors to discuss the church's role in combatting violence in the community.
"We don't believe that, as an organization, our future rests with somebody else coming in," said Steward, who is also a sergeant with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. "The cavalry is not coming to save us. It is up to us to organize, organize, organize as a community."
Along with the speaker series, Steward Speakers also takes cultural road trips every year. So far the group has visited sites such as the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta.
For most of its existence, Steward Speakers was seen as an organization primarily for the older crowds — those old enough, Steward said, to have that civil rights movement-era fire — but that's been changing.
Cypress said part of her job is to attract younger people like her to the organization. Cypress learned of Steward Speakers in 2004 because her employer happened to be a sponsor. She said that was "unusual because a lot of my peers don't know about Steward Speakers. It's very ingrained in the community, but I think you have to be plugged in."
Steward said there's definitely a cultural divide between Steward Speakers' older supporters and younger people who are just learning about the organization, "but obviously the life of our series has to have an infusion of younger people to make sure it's around the next 32 years."
Contact staff writer Tyler Fenwick at 317-762-7853. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.
Actress and singer Phylicia Rashad will close out the 2018-19 speaker series.
• When: 7:30 p.m. May 9
• Where: JW Marriott, 10 S. West St.
• Tickets: $15 for students, $60 general admission at stewardspeakers.org
Just as Pam Jones was getting ready to send the last of her children out of the house and into the world, she decided it was important to continue nurturing children, especially those who need it most. So in 2015, Jones became a foster parent. She's since fostered 16 children.
Jones currently has four foster children — ages 6, 5, 3 and 2 — and is in the process of adopting the two oldest. She said she prefers to take in younger children because they're "sweet" and "easy to get along with."
"I like the little kids because you can give them a foundation," said Jones, who is also a licensed childcare provider. "Some of the little kids, they don't get a foundation where they come from."
Building that foundation includes things many take for granted. Jones, 48, said many of the children who come to her don't have some of the basics such as clean clothes and toys, so she makes sure to get them things that they can claim as their own: clothes, toys, shoes, bikes, blankets.
"They just really need someone to be there for them," she said. "It's a lot of things they do not get between newborn and 5. I'm a parent. ... The same thing I gave to [my children], I can give to someone else."
Jones has four kids of her own, all of whom are out of the house now. With May being National Foster Care Month and May 12 being Mother's Day, Jones, who also has five grandchildren, reflected on the praise she's sure to receive by saying being a mother simply "comes natural to me."
Her youngest child, 21-year-old Jordan Macklin, is a student at St. Francis University in Fort Wayne. He was in high school when his mother started fostering children and said she's treated his siblings and the foster children the same: They have lots of food, good clothes and plenty of toys.
"She's a caring woman," he said. "Kudos to her. I don't know if I could do it. The fact that she's willing to take on other kids, she's a good mom."
Jones said she does take twoor three-week breaks occasionally from fostering children — other than the two she's adopting — but other than that she's been helping ease children's burdens for four years now.
The work people like Jones do is important, especially as Indiana and the rest of the country try to figure out how to address disparities in the foster care system. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Center, 21% of foster care children waiting to be adopted in Indiana in 2016 were Black. For comparison, Black youth under 18 years old made up 9.7% of the state's population at the last census check in 2010.
Terry Stigdon, director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, said in a brief interview her department needs to use its increased funding from the Indiana State Legislature — a $256 million increase for 2020 and
$246 million for 2021, still below the department's $286 million request — to focus more on preventing children from needing to enter the foster care system in the first place.
Stigdon said the department is "doing some research now into that," but at least part of that includes implicit bias training — the Undoing Racism workshop is one example — for foster care workers and families.
"Are we making different decisions for children based on their background, primarily African American children?" she said. "We're doing that digging, but we're not waiting for the numbers to come. We're working on it now."
The department announced in February it would extend foster care services to 23 years old for those who don't feel ready to leave at 20, the current ceiling.
Contact staff writer Tyler Fenwick at 317-762-7853. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.
Interested in becoming a foster parent? Here are a few resources.
Indiana Department of Child Services, in.gov/dcs
• 302 W. Washington St., Room E306
• 1-800-457-8283 The Villages, villageskids.org
• 3833 N. Meridian St.
Children's Bureau, childrensbureau.org
• 1575 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St.
KidsFirst Adoption Services, kidsfirstadoption.com
• 9135 N. Meridian St., B-4
Bethany Christian Services, bethony.org
• 7168 Graham Road
Americans for African Adoption, africanadoptions.org
• 8910 Timberwood Drive
MLJ Adoptions International, mljadoptions.com
• 6323 S. East St.
The Golden Laurel Professional Reception honors local leaders in their chosen careers. In years past, Recorder Media Group, home of Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper and Indiana Minority Business Magazine, honored individuals in a particular field. This year, however, we are pleased to honor Rising Stars in various industries. While these Rising Stars already exemplify qualities of a leader, they're just getting started. More accomplishments are on the horizon, and their impact in their professional space and the community will continue to grow.
The Golden Laurel Professional Reception not only recognizes minorities in the workplace, it also provides a way to bring professionals together to provide support and encouragement as they rise above the obstacles created by systemic barriers — especially in industries where there's a shortage of minority role models. And while these Rising Stars shine in their professional roles, they don't stop there. They take time to give back to their communities, creating an impact that will last well into the future.
"Recorder Media Group is committed to highlighting the achievements of leaders in our community. In fact, it is something we are very intentional about," said Robert Shegog, president and chief operating officer. "Next week, we will recognize talented individuals whose efforts help make Indianapolis an even better place to live and work.
I am incredibly proud of the work our honorees have done and will continue to do. Their contributions to the community will enhance Indianapolis for years to come."
In keeping with our 124-year-old tradition of recognizing minorities who excel, Recorder Media Group will honor 10 professionals during the Golden Laurel Professional Reception, sponsored by Indiana Donor Network and Indianapolis Urban League, 5:30-7 p.m. May 16 at Mid-State Minority Supplier Development Council, 2126 N. Meridian St. Light refreshments catered by Chef Tia and Co. Restaurant and Catering.
Listed below are this year's recipients.
Bunmi Akintomide — systems specialists manager at Salesforce
Ebony Chappel — multiracial community relations coordinator at Indiana Donor Network
Taylor Fitzgerald — pharmaceutical representative for Eli Lilly
Juan Gonzalez — Central Indiana market president for KeyBank
Ashley Gurvitz — community development manager for Eastern Star Church
Jordan Rodriguez — director of the Office of International and Latino Affairs for the mayor's office of Indianapolis
Rima Shahid — executive director of Women4Change
Adrianne Slash — senior employee program specialist, talent management-human resources at Community Health Network; president of The Exchange for Indianapolis Urban League
Amy Titus — co-owner of Rooted Scales
Sean Washington — entrepreneur and motivational speaker