Democrat Pat Boy declares candidacy for 9th District state rep

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Four-term member of the Michigan City Common Council, Democrat Patricia (Pat) Boy, has declared her intention to run in 2018 for the 9th District seat in the Indiana House of Representatives for the 2019-2020 term.

(Editor’s note: Current 9th District State Rep. Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, recently announced he will not seek an 11th 2-year term.) 

Boy said in a press release that she has been encouraged to run by many people whose opinions she respects, and will be committing her time and energy on behalf of all the citizens of the 9th District and the State of Indiana.

“It’s a new challenge for me, and it’s time to try to make a bigger difference. Having served on the Common Council, I can see areas where state law and administration unnecessarily limit cities and towns, and I would like to help change some of that.”

One example she cited was the difficulty in enacting an ordinance involving carbon monoxide detectors due to no standardized language at the state level. The Michigan City Council, the Fire Department and the Code Enforcement Team are hoping to be successful in this latest attempt, with new support from the governor.

One big challenge to be faced is redistricting, Boy said, noting that gerrymandering is a big problem in many states, including Indiana. She said voters should choose their government, not the other way around. An opportunity to make a change would be to lay the groundwork for an independent or bipartisan commission, ready for the next redistricting session after the 2020 Census.

Boy, the senior member of the Common Council, has served since her election in 2003. She has authored some of her own resolutions and ordinances for approval, and edited many others. She has served on numerous standing and special committees and as liaison to others, and created the Michigan City Commission for Women. Her most current project is working with local veterans’ organizations to form a Commission for Veterans, where she has seen a need for local, coordinated representation.

She will continue to serve her city during the campaign, stepping down from the Council only if she is successful in this effort.

Boy is a former business owner and member of the Chamber of Commerce in Michigan City. She is a current member and former President of the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of LaPorte County; a member and former President of Michigan City Rotary Club; a member and former President of the Michigan City Women’s Democratic Club; a Junior Achievement volunteer; a member of the non-partisan Better Government Study Group; a 2001 graduate of Leadership LaPorte County; and a new member of the LaPorte County NAACP.

“I’ve lived here more than half my life, and raised my family here. I now have the time to devote to this position, and I want to make a bigger difference in my community and my state,” she said.

Boy is the eldest of eight siblings. She has one son, Patrick, who has returned with his wife and son to call Michigan City home again.

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