Letter

Friends, Family & Neighbors:

As you may  have heard by now, I am running to be your next District 2 Indianapolis City Councillor. Though this decision came about rather quickly, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to throw my energy, experience and resources behind the neighborhood and city that I love so much.

Our district encompasses Broad Ripple, Meridian Kessler, Glendale, Williams Creek, Nora, and much of the Spring Mill corridor. This is a crucial district in the city. My areas of focus are efficacy in public safety, infrastructure maintenance and economic health.

Growing up in the metro area (Westfield and then Zionsville) and living in Broad Ripple for 11 years has given me an appreciation for this city that I never expected. After high school, I was anxious to get out and see the world. Graduating from Emory and staying in Atlanta for several years was an excellent experience, and I never expected to be back. More accurately, I never expected to want to be back. While I will always enjoy travel and strive to experience other cultures, each adventure makes it more clear that Indy is home.

I feel incredibly blessed every day to live in such a vibrant neighborhood with abundant cultural offerings, neighbors who support one other, and local businesses that are the heart of the community. The quality of life here is second to none, and most of that is because of people like you. Hoosiers care. We care about our friends, our neighbors, and our coworkers. We care about those less fortunate than we are. We care, and we help.

As a City-County Councillor, I will strive to bring a fresh approach to city government. My time with the Indy Chamber (in various roles, including President of ICA) introduced me to the importance of economic development, creative solutions, and public and private collaboration. As you know, politics have never been part of my world. Why am I running? Simple. I know I will represent my district with integrity and keep the good of our city and region in mind. My opponent—Kipper Tew—is new to the neighborhood but not new to politics. He was the state Democratic Party Chairman for years (amongst many other roles within the local, state, and national political realm). When I heard he was running in my district, I wanted to provide a different option.

I believe in personal freedom. I support efficacy, logic and efficiency over red tape, antiquated laws and bureaucracy. I think government transparency, fiscal responsibility and economic health are the cornerstones to a happy, productive society. Politicians should not have any privilege that each citizen does not enjoy.

I want to do my best to ensure our neighborhoods are safe, our roads and sidewalks are maintained, and local business thrives. I will do my best to ensure that our local government uses our resources in the best way possible towards these ends. My mind is open to all of your ideas, concerns and solutions yet to be discovered. I have a lot of listening and learning to do until November.

Most importantly, I need your help. Winning an election takes a community. I need your support, from volunteering to knock on doors and make phone calls to donating your hard-earned dollars. No donation is too small ($25 helps me buy a couple yard signs!). Rest assured you will get my best effort. I can hear my late father (many of you knew Bill Fanning) “Go out and give ‘em hell. If you put your mind to it you can do anything.” Well, that’s my plan.

We are ready! Steve Walker has enthusiastically agreed to chair my campaign, and we have an amazing team of people who know what they are doing.

I look forward to your support!

With gratitude and cheer,

Colleen Fanning