PRESS RELEASE from Obama for America


April 28, 2008

More than 1,800 Women Join Indiana Women for Obama

INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign announced today the kickoff of Indiana Women for Obama, with more than 1,800 women joining the group statewide.

Members of the organization will recruit and organize women across the state for Obama’s grassroots campaign to fundamentally change Washington. Women for Obama is a key part of the campaign’s commitment to engage women from all walks of life.

“Not only have an astounding number of women signed up to help take Barack Obama’s message directly to their friends, neighbors and colleagues in communities across the Hoosier State, we have representation in every region of Indiana,” Cordelia Lewis-Burks, vice chair of the Indiana Democratic Party, Democratic National Committee superdelegate and chairwoman of Indiana Women for Obama, said. “We have found common ground in our belief that Barack Obama is better prepared to lead our nation out of recession, stand up to the special interests and ensure that every American has quality health care.”

Barbara Boyd, Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame inductee, Melina Kennedy, former Indianapolis deputy mayor and former Indiana attorney general Karen Freeman Wilson are among the regional co-chairs of Indiana Women for Obama.

“Indiana women realize that the politics of polarization is not working,” Women for Obama national director Becky Carroll said. “They see it in the rising price of gas and food, the deterioration of the environment and public schools, the cost of health care and a war with no end in sight.

“Women understand that we need a change in Washington to put the country back on track. Barack Obama is committed to a new kind of politics that looks to reach across partisan lines and break the grip of special interests to make progress for Hoosier families.”

Indiana Women for Obama will be conducting a statewide Get-Out-The-Vote initiative May 3-4. Below find the names of the organization’s leadership committee.


Cordelia Lewis-Burks, Vice Chair, Indiana Democratic Party


Regional Co-Chairs

Melina Kennedy, attorney and former Indianapolis Deputy Mayor

Barbara Boyd, Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame inductee

Karen Freeman Wilson, former Indiana Attorney General

State Senator Earline Rogers

State Representative Mara Reardon

State Representative Linda Lawson

State Representative Vanessa Summers

Superior Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt

Maye L. Johnson, Allen County Councilwoman

Mary Alice Gregg, Park County Treasurer

Cherrish Pryor, Indianapolis City Councilwoman

Karen Goldner, Ft. Wayne City Councilwoman

Constance Robinson, President, Evansville City Council

Priscilla Scalf, Columbus City Councilwoman

Karen White, South Bend City Councilwoman

Janie Young, Kokomo City Councilwoman

Cheryl Lee, Peru City Councilwoman and VP Miami County Democratic Women’s Caucus

Karen Celestino-Horseman, Former Indianapolis City Councilwoman

Joan M. Smith, Bunker Hill Town Council

Bev Zuber, Wayne Township Assessor

Rosalind Ellis, Asst Superintendent of South Bend Community Schools

Faye Allen, Secretary, Indiana Democratic Party

Mimi Berkshire, Miami County Democratic Party Chair

Carmen Darland, Noble County Democratic Party Chair

Patty Weybright, Whitley County Democratic Party Chair

Janie Jones, Grant County Democratic Party Co-Chair

Sherlonda Anderson, 7th CD Chairwoman

Patricia Avery, President, Vanderburgh County Democratic Women’s Caucus; wife of State Representative Dennis Avery

Heather Maddox, Vice Chair Tippecanoe Democratic Party

Mary Ray, President, Hamilton County Democratic Women’s Caucus

Billy Sue Smith, Former 3-term Chairwoman of the Clark County Democratic Women’s Caucus

Beth Vanet, President Harrison County Young Democrats

Tracy H. Souza, President, Cummins Foundation

Dr. Rae Pearson, President of Alpha Rae Personnel

Connie Thurman, Union Official

Nicole Yates Toran, Floyd County Chapter President, NAACP

Mary Downes, Former Chief of Staff to IN Governor Kernan

Mariama Carson, Marion County Activist and wife of Congressman Andre Carson

Ellen Quigley, Chief of Staff, Congressman Andre Carson

Patricia Weinzapfel, Journalist and wife of Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel

Karen Howe Fernandez, Monroe County Activist and wife of Bloomington Former Mayor John Fernandez

Tara Evans, Marion County Activist and wife of Indianapolis City Councilman Jose Evans

Jackie Nedell, former Clinton Administration official

Melina Fox, OFA National Rural Policy Committee

Kathryn A. Brogan, Attorney and Allen County Activist

Sofia Rodriguez Mirawaldt, Allen County Activist

Paula Jarrett, Bartholomew County Activist

Lenore Hollowell, Bartholomew County Activist

Mary Grabianowski, Boone County Educator

Kathe Ogle, Hendricks County Activist

Patricia Yount, Jennings County Activist

Linda O’Connor, Johnson County Activist

Emily Gutzwiller Vance, Johnson County Activist

Sheila Suess Kennedy, IUPUI Professor and Marion County Activist

Sharon Edwards, Retired School Psychologist and Miami County Activist

Pam Warren, Monroe County Activist

Kelsey Kauffman, Educator and Putnam County Activist

Peg Luecke, St. Joseph County Activist; wife of South Bend Mayor Stephen Luecke

Annette Dungey, St. Joseph County Activist

Gladys Mohammad, St. Joseph County Activist

Margaret B. King, St. Joseph County Activist




Contact:          Indiana for Obama Press Office