A second Democrat
is announcing her intention to run in next year’s election for Indiana House
4th District representative: Pamela Mishler Fish.
Fish, who served as
Porter County Clerk from 2008 to 2010, announced her candidacy Thursday.
“Growing up in
Northwest Indiana and raising a family here has given me a great
appreciation of our diverse cultures, beautiful parks, educational
opportunities and business communities. Bringing out the best we have to
offer and addressing those things that detour us from greatness is a passion
of mine,” Fish said.
“As a lifelong
resident of Northwest Indiana, it is my goal to bring Indiana “Back to
Business” in jobs, education, infrastructure and public health.
Fish said that
being raised in a union home taught her to appreciate the importance of good
paying jobs in a strong economy. “My livelihood depends upon those jobs. I
will work with local, state and national businesses and agencies to bring
high paying jobs and our college and trade school graduates back to our
Having three sons
in Indiana public schools, Fish said she knows how critical it is to
adequately fund public education.
Her other focuses
are road and bridge repair and bringing dark fiber to attract high tech
businesses for job creation.
Fish said she will
push for law enforcement, the courts, the medical community and social
services to work together to solve these problems on critical health issues
such as sexually transmitted diseases and drug abuse.
Fish has been the
President and CEO of Midwest Environmental Systems, Inc. for over 25 years
and has worked with Fortune 500 companies, small enterprises and the public
sector to find solutions for their environmental needs.
She has Bachelor of
Science Degree in Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University,
certification in hazardous materials training, is a graduate of Leadership
Northwest Indiana Class 29 and Level I County Elected Official Certification
from the Association of Indiana Counties.
As a County
official, Fish served as the Porter County Clerk, a member of the Porter
County Election Board, Porter County Common Construction Wage Commission,
Porter County Domestic Violence Commission, Porter County Records Commission
and Indiana County Clerks Legislative Team and Porter County Museum Board
and on the steering committee for the U.S. 6 Corridor Development
From 2010 to 2013,
she served as a mentor for Discoveries Unlimited, introducing local middle
school girls to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Earlier this month,
Democrat Jesse Harper announced his intention to run for the 4th District
representative is Republican Ed Soliday.