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2015 Endorsements

 

ChamberPAC, the Political Action Committee of the SJC Chamber, endorses the following candidates in the November 3 General Election races:

Mayor of South Bend-Pete Buttigieg; South Bend Common Council 1st District-Tim Scott; South Bend Common Council 2nd District-Regina Preston; South Bend Common Council 3rd District-Randy Kelly; South Bend Common Council 4th District-Jo Broden; South Bend Common Council 5th District-Dave Varner; South Bend Common Council 6th District-Oliver Davis; South Bend Common Council At-Large-Gavin Ferlic; and South Bend Common Council At-Large-Karen White.

Mayor of Mishawaka-Dave Wood; Mishawaka Common Council 1st District-Dale “Woody” Emmons; Mishawaka Common Council 2nd District-Mike Bellovich; Mishawaka Common Council 4th District-Kate Voelker; Mishawaka Common Council 5th District-Nick Troiola; Mishawaka Common Council 6th District-Ron Banicki; Mishawaka Common Council At-Large-Dan Bilancio, Matt Mammolenti, and John Roggeman.

For ChamberPAC endorsement consideration, candidates go through a rigorous process, similar to a job interview. The process requires candidates to complete a questionnaire and participate in a formal interview with the Chamber’s Political Evaluation Committee, a bi-partisan group of volunteers from the business community. Scores are compiled during each phase of the process and endorsement recommendations are then presented to ChamberPAC.

ChamberPAC was pleased with the quality of candidates. In many races, the decision on who to endorse was a difficult one, however, those endorsed represent the candidates who demonstrate leadership, hospitality and progressive thinking.

 

2015 SOUTH BEND Endorsements

Pete Buttigieg
Mayor of South Bend

Current Mayor Buttigieg is a dedicated servant of the city of South Bend since his election in 2011. Under his leadership, the city has seen positive economic growth, a reimagining of the downtown area, development along key corridors and reduction in crime. ChamberPAC believes Mayor Buttigieg has served the community well. Re-elect Buttigieg.

Tim Scott
South Bend Common Council
1st District

Councilman Scott was first elected to the council in 2011 and serves as president. He also brings 20 years of private business experience to the council. He has focused on quality of life and public safety issues. Scott has worked to improve the local business climate. Re-elect Scott.

Regina Preston
South Bend Common Council
2nd District

Preston offers a strong voice for the 2nd District. An accomplished teacher, administrator and longtime South Bend Community School Corporation employee, she wants to help revitalize, educate and connect the district with city government. Her background in community advocacy and a devotion to economic prosperity will serve her well on the council. Elect Preston.

Randy Kelly
South Bend Common Council
3rd District

Kelly has played integral roles in the development of Eddy Street Commons and the new South Bend River Lights. He has served on the MLK Jr. Foundation and Century Center boards, among others. He is a junior high school teacher at Montessori Academy Edison Lakes. Kelly will bring a respectful and fact-based approach to the council. Vote Kelly.

Jo Broden
South Bend Common Council
4th District

Broden is a small business owner for the past 18 years and a lifelong resident. She has served as executive director of the local Alzheimer’s Association and a board and executive committee member of St. Margaret’s House. Broden will be a community advocate and bring a strong small business background to the position. Vote Broden.

Dave Varner
South Bend Common Council
5th District

Varner has served the council since 1996. Being a small business owner through his own dentistry practice, Dr. Varner has been a strong advocate for business principles. He serves as vice president of the South Bend Redevelopment Commission and vice president of the Century Center Board of Managers. Re-elect Varner.

Oliver Davis
South Bend Common Council
6th District

Davis has served as councilman for the past six years, with the district seeing increased development and population growth. He has served as president of the council, and member of the Michiana Council of Governments, Area Plan and Transpo boards. He is a social worker for South Bend Schools and a therapist with Goldstein & Associates. Re-elect Davis.

Gavin Ferlic
South Bend Common Council
At-Large

Ferlic is currently the vice president of corporate affairs for Burkhart Advertising. First elected to the council in 2011, youth mentoring and attraction and retention of young professionals are his priorities. He currently chairs the Community Investment and Information & Technology committees. He is a progressive thinker and is business friendly. Re-elect Ferlic.

Karen White
South Bend Common Council
At-Large

White is the associate vice chancellor and dean of students at IU South Bend. She was first elected to the council in 1999 and served as president in 2003-04. A stable and strong voice on the council, she was instrumental in the creation of a citywide sustainable graffiti removal program, as well as organized the Light Up South Bend initiative. Re-elect White.

 

2015 Mishawaka Endorsements

Dave Wood
Mayor of Mishawaka

Mayor Dave Wood continued Mishawaka’s strong growth and fiscal responsibility during his first full term. He oversaw the expansion in the northeast part of the city, and worked to revitalize downtown Mishawaka, all while keeping the city financially stable and efficient in its customer service. Re-elect Wood.

Dale "Woody" Emmons
Mishawaka Common Council
1st District

Councilman Emmons brings a wealth of experience to the common council. A lifelong Mishawaka resident, longtime business leader and a former member of the School City of Mishawaka Board of Trustees, he served as president of the council in 2010 and 2015. Re-elect Emmons.

Mike Bellovich
Mishawaka Common Council
2nd District

Councilman Bellovich has been a strong business advocate for the 2nd District since 2011, and serves on the Budget and Finance, and Personnel committees. He is a retired Lt. Colonel in the Marines, and spent 30 years in human resources for local manufacturing companies. Re-elect Bellovich.

Kate Voelker
Mishawaka Common Council
4th District

Councilwoman Voelker served on the council since 2013. She serves on the Land Use Planning and Sub-Standard Housing committees, and served on the Mishawaka Historic Preservation Commission. She is the executive director for RiverBend Cancer Services. Re-elect Voelker.

Nick Troiola
Mishawaka Common Council
5th District

Troiola brings a strong business background. An engaged community member, he formed the Mishawaka Promise, an awareness and fundraising initiative supported by the Mishawaka Education Foundation. He serves on the Mishawaka Planning Commission, and is a client development manager with Utilimaster Corporation. Elect Troiola.

Ron Banicki
Mishawaka Common Council
6th District

Councilman Banicki is a long-serving member of the council, having been elected in 2004. He serves on many committees, including the Budget and Finance, Public Health and Safety, Land Use, and Sub-Standard Housing, as well as the Mishawaka Traffic Commission. He is a small business owner, celebrating his 18th year in business. Re-elect Banicki.

Dan Bilancio
Mishawaka Common Council
At-Large

Councilman Bilancio has served on the council since 2012 but has been involved in the Mishawaka community for over 30 years. Prior to his council service, he was a paramedic for the Saint Joseph Health System. He currently serves on the Public Health and Safety, and Long Range Planning committees. Re-elect Bilancio.

Matt Mammolenti
Mishawaka Common Council
At-Large

Councilman Mammolenti has served on the council since 2011. In addition to his council duties, he served on the Mishawaka Redevelopment Commission, where he worked on the Riverwalk and Main Street underpass. A Notre Dame graduate, he is a sales manager for Emco Chemical Distributors. Re-elect Mammolenti.

John Roggeman
Mishawaka Common Council
At-Large

Councilman Roggeman has served on the common council since 2004. A three-time council president, he serves on numerous committees, including Land Use Planning, Public Health and Safety, Personnel, and Sub-Standard Housing. A local attorney, he served on the School City of Mishawaka Board of Trustees. Re-elect Roggeman.

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