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FISHERS, Ind., February 2, 2023 – Jocelyn Vare filed her candidacy with the Hamilton County Elections Office today for re-election to her Fishers City Council, At-Large seat.
Vare serves as the first Democrat elected to municipal office in the city of Fishers. She won her 2019 municipal election with strong bipartisan support, including an endorsement from the Fiscal Conservatives of Hamilton County. In 2022, she ran for Indiana State Senate to represent Fishers at the statehouse and rebalance the GOP supermajority. Vare earned 45% of the vote last year – over 16,000 votes from Fishers residents – and raised $266,438 in campaign funds.
Vare is one of two Democrats on the nine-member Fishers City Council. This legislative body is responsible for fiscal oversight and serving as the checks and balances on Fishers Mayor Fadness (R), the executive branch of municipal government.
“When I won a seat on City Council, it was the first time our community had bi-partisan city government,” said Vare. “After three years as an At-Large member of the City Council, I am certain that our citizens are served far better when there are bold voices like mine who take the job of municipal fiscal responsibility seriously.”
Vare is well-known in the Fishers community for listening to residents and holding the Republican politicians accountable. Vare demands complete information and transparency, asks tough questions, prioritizes residents’ needs, and scrutinizes proposals carefully.
In addition, Vare champions the full completion of State Road 37/141st Street roundabout, HSE Schools, housing opportunities for everyone and citizen participation on city boards and commissions. She notably was the only City Council member who opposed the hasty creation of a Fishers Health Department in April 2020 and charging a new Food & Beverage tax in 2022.
Vare is a 22-year resident of Fishers, the mom of two HSE Schools graduates, a local small business owner, a volunteer and a champion for the community she loves. Vare is a member of the Fishers Finance Committee and Fishers Arts + Culture Commission. She served as a committee chair for the successful HSE Schools referendum in 2016. She is a graduate of Fishers City Government Academy, Hamilton County Leadership Academy, Ball State’s Economic Development Course and Community Development Course. In 2021, Vare was recognized as an Impact Award nominee, one of 30 alumni designated in the Hamilton County Leadership Academy’s 30-year history.
Vare embraces her reputation for shining a light on decisions that the powerful people want to keep behind closed doors. An unapologetic independent thinker, she always returns to the promises she made to residents. “Neighbors in Fishers can count on me to be an accessible listener, a strong voice, a hard worker and a coalition builder. I look forward to continuing to serve the community I love on Fishers City Council.”
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