Pat Boy, Indiana House rep. from the 9th District, seeks re-election

First-term member of the Indiana House of Representatives, Democrat Patricia (Pat) Boy, has filed to run for re-election in 2020 in the 9th District.

In LaPorte County, the 9th District includes both New Durham townships, Westville and part of Wanatah, as well as all of Coolspring Township and Michigan City and the lake area. Boy has represented House District 9 since 2018.

“One of the urgent challenges still to be faced is redistricting,” Boy said.  “Gerrymandering creates districts that do not correctly represent the population and discourage voter participation because they are not competitive. Voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around.”

Boy believes that two opportunities to correct the re-districting process would be either to create an independent, non-political commission to draw and submit district maps to the legislature for approval, or to create a bi-partisan commission composed of legislators.

This needs to happen this year to be ready for the next redistricting session after the 2020 Census, Boy believes. “My redistricting bill in the last session was not heard in committee. However, there is a growing bi-partisan movement to change the process in favor of fair maps and transparency in the re-districting process.”

Boy said she introduced 10 bills in her first year to address social, economic, and environmental justice for all, especially the most vulnerable. Some of them supported unions, updating bias-motivation for hate crimes, raising teacher salaries, redistricting reform, legalization of medical marijuana, vote by mail, and a summer study on increasing the minimum wage.  Two of her bill amendments were adopted last year.  During the current session, with a limit of five bills per Representative, three are being heard in committee, all addressing some of those same principles: Parental notification of juveniles arrested at school or school functions before being removed from the school or event; preregistration to vote for 16 and 17 year-olds, with notice by mail when they are old enough to vote; and Notice of Environmental Contamination to include penalties for violations of the notification process.

Boy is a retired business owner, a 2001 graduate of Leadership LaPorte County; a current member and former President of the non-partisan League of Women Voters of LaPorte County; and a member of numerous other organizations.

She also participates in the Vibrant Communities Initiative to support transparency in local government. In 2011, she wrote the ordinance to create the Commission for Women in Michigan City. In 2019, she helped to create the Commission for Sustainability, which develops plans to address climate change. Her last official project for 2019 was the new Michigan City Commission for Veterans. In 2018, she was endorsed by both the AFL-CIO and ISTA, among other organized labor groups.

She is the eldest of eight siblings, and daughter of two WWII Marine Corps Master Sergeants. Her late husband served in the US Army from 1970-1972. She is a graduate of DePaul University, Chicago, Ill.  She has one son and one grandson who reside in Michigan City.

Boy is passionate about protecting the environment; ensuring public schools and teachers have adequate funding; making medical care and insurance available to everyone; reducing the cost of prescription medication; and requiring equal pay for equal work.

“I’ve lived here more than half my life and raised my family here. I want to continue to move Indiana forward,” she said.

 

 

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