Experts aren’t expecting watershed year for Hoosier Dems

Source: IBJ
Author: Lindsey Erdody


“It’s a district that hasn’t had someone at their door trying to earn their vote in a long time,” Gill said. “I think you should be working hard to earn people’s votes. I live here and there is an opportunity that I think you can’t miss.”


And Gill is just the type of candidate Democrats are excited about. She’s a woman and a newcomer to politics and she’s taking on an incumbent with some baggage.


Even Gill doesn’t like the term “blue wave.” And if it does occur, she said, it won’t automatically sweep her into office.


“I think we have to work hard,” Gill said. “It’s not going to just happen.”


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Hamilton County Democratic Party fields more than 30 candidates for fall election

Source: IBJ
Author: Samm Quinn


Hamilton County Democrats are lining up to run for office this year, a stark contrast to many past election years.


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Mirroring trend nationwide, Indiana sees surge in female candidates

Source: Fox59 News
Author: Matt Smith


Nationally, more first-time women candidates are Democrats. In Indiana, the state party is looking to expand their footprint in a heavily Republican state where Republicans are still favored.


“It’s definitely an uphill battle,” Poonam Gill said, who’s running against House Speaker Brian Bosma. “This is really a starting point, and we’ll see where it takes us. I think it is also important that little girls out there see that they can do anything and be anything.”


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Legislative special session wasteful, avoidable

Source: IndyStar
Author: Poonam Gill


If you failed to get your job done on time, would you be at risk for losing it?


Our state elected officials believe someone else should pick up the tab for their mistakes. The GOP controlled legislature stuck taxpayers with more than $30,000 for an “emergency” special session that catered to special interests. With Republican super majorities controlling both chambers, there was no excuse for calling a special session.


That $30,000 could have paid annual textbook fees for more than 270 students, childcare costs for three kids, or pre-K tuition for four kids.


Lawmakers voted to suspend part of our state constitution and fast track legislation in one day – no amendments, no improvements, and no public comment needed.


Misplaced priorities and failed leadership have brought us to this point. There is a lack of balance in representation at our Statehouse where no one is held accountable for inefficiency and poor decision making. Out of touch career politicians who believe emergency special sessions are reserved for special interests only.


We need to bring balance back to our Statehouse, where all representatives will work together and create solutions that move Indiana forward. The super majority isn’t working for us, and it’s costing hardworking Hoosiers.



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Asian Americans Run for Something: Poonam Gill | Candidate for IN House of Representatives, 88th District

Source: Reappropriate


This year, a record number of Asian Americans are running for public office at the local, state, and national level. Reappropriate has partnered with Run for Something — a non-profit launched in 2017 to support grassroots campaigns to elect progressive candidates — to profile these progressive Asian American candidates for higher office. Check back at Reappropriate throughout 2018 to learn more about these candidates and find out how you can get more involved in their campaigns.


What is your full name?
Poonam Gill


What office are you seeking?
Indiana House of Representatives, District 88. I am running unopposed in the Democratic primary and will then run in a competitive general election. Indiana is an open primary state.


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Legislators Failed To Do Their Job

Source: IndyStar
Author: Poonam Gill


Misplaced priorities. Overdue assignments. Failure to do the job. Excuses, excuses. You would think I’m talking about an errant middle schooler. No. I’m talking about our state elected officials: our legislature.


When bills for loan sharking and the outlawing of eyeball tattoos are introduced in the legislature, lawmakers are alarmingly out of touch. Their finger pointing and blame don’t go far when lawmakers had plenty of time to hear these bills — bills that did nothing to improve the lives of hardworking Hoosiers.


And when the legislative session came to a chaotic end, so did the bill that would have increased funding for school safety. Hoosier children deserve to grow up in a safe learning environment. This bill was a priority for the governor, and yet, lawmakers could not get it done.


With Republican supermajorities controlling both chambers, there is no excuse for calling a special session. This would cost taxpayers nearly $30,000 a day, according to a recent report in the IndyStar.


Working together, listening to one another, and creating solutions that improve the lives of Hoosier families – this is what our representatives should be doing.


Our state government is in the hands of career politicians who have been in office for decades. How does this “experience” serve Hoosiers, if lawmakers wait until the last minute and still can’t get it done? Our employers expect us to deliver on time. We should expect the same from our elected officials.


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Hoosier Women Forward launches leadership training program for Democratic women

Source: Current
Author: Desiree Williams


Fishers resident Poonam Gill will work with HWF in a similar way. Gill was motivated to run for the Indiana House of Representatives this year after recognizing the disparity between the number of men and women in elected office.


“When we have 50 percent of our voting public in Indiana as women but only 20 percent of our elected officials are women, we have to somehow close that gap,” she said. “How do we do that? We have to be willing to step up and get involved.”


Gill said HWF is looking for applicants to volunteer, advocate and stay active in their communities.


Applications will be available in May. The inaugural program will begin in September. For more, visit


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State, national races see huge increase in female candidates

Source: IBJ
Author: Lindsey Erdody


Poonam Gill had been frustrated by the lack of women and minorities in elected offices, which became especially apparent to her during last year’s health care debate.


Now, all three have put their names on the ballot, part of a group of nearly 90 women who have filed to run for state or federal offices in Indiana this year. That’s a 35 percent increase from the 2016 primary season and an 85 percent jump from a decade ago.


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Indiana Democratic Party training diverse potential candidates

Source: Nuvo
Author: Katja Krasnovsky


The Indiana Democratic Party held a training session for Hoosiers interested in running for office last month with a record number of 200 registrants, diverse in gender and race.


The goal of the training is to inspire a more diverse field of candidates in terms of gender, age and ethnicity.


“[Politics] have become really divisive,” says Poonam Gill, who’s running for a seat in Indiana’s state House of Representatives. “I think people are sick of it.” Gill emphasizes that the community is the party, and if voices are wanting to be heard, people have to show up and actively be part of it.


“What motivates me is wanting to create change,” Gill continues. “I think if people don’t like what they’re seeing in their community, they have to step up and get involved. I think we need a change in our leadership. We need new ideas, we need new perspectives, and we need people from all different kinds of backgrounds to be represented.”


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First-Time Democratic Candidates Train To Run Campaigns

Source: WFYI Indianapolis
Author: Lauren Chapman


More than 200 prospective Democratic candidates from across Indiana packed two conference rooms in Indianapolis to learn how to run a political campaign. The “boot camp” taught campaign finance, communications and canvassing.  The Indiana Democrats and the National Democratic Training Committee provided training to help first-time candidates get their campaigns off the ground.


Poonam Gill is running for Indiana’s 88th House district and says it’s hard to launch a campaign.  “A lot of people have the motivation and vision to run, but to have a competitive campaign, you really have to understand the other nuts and bolts of it,” she says.


The Indiana Democrats and the National Democratic Training Committee provided the training. Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody says gathering like-minded candidates helps share ideas statewide.  “This is the future of the party, right here today,” Zody says. “We’ve got a lot of new faces, a diverse group of people, and that’s exactly what we need.”


Indiana is the first state the National Democratic Training Committee provided in-person training.


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Introducing the Emerging Leaders Project Class of 2017-18

Source: Indiana Democratic Party
Author: Jeff Harris


Fellow Democrats,

It is with great excitement that today we officially announce the members of the 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Project class!


Created and operated by volunteers, the Emerging Leaders Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization that closely partners with the Indiana Democratic Party to provide free training for up-and-coming young leaders who have an interest in running for office or working on campaigns.


In this, the fifth year of the program, more than 200 Hoosiers from around the state applied for one of the 40 available slots in the class. A selection committee made up of members of the Emerging Leaders Project Inc. Board of Directors, program alumni and representatives from the Indiana Democratic Party recently reviewed the applications and made final selections – a difficult process.


After much consideration, we are proud to welcome the following individuals to the Emerging Leaders Project!


Poonam Gill, Fishers


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