Nancy Adams of Valparaiso has announced her candidacy for County
Commissioner in the fall election.
According to a statement released today, Adams has been active in the Porter
County community since she came to Valpo to attend Valparaiso University in
1980. She and husband Russ Adams own Strongbow Inn and have also owned and
operated other successful businesses, including Pastimes and Frostop.
Adams holds a degree in business and worked for Indiana Information Controls
before committing full time to the expansion and operation of Strongbow’s.
“Today she is an integral part of the restaurant’s leadership team, managing
more than 150 employees and organizing countless events each week,” the
“Adams is also a dynamic community volunteer, having served as Treasurer for
the Valparaiso Swim Club, running her church’s Sunday school program, and is
an active member of the philanthropic Tri Kappa sorority,” the statement
said. Russ and Nancy Adams have three children.
Nancy Adams became interested in county government as she researched tax
policies and helped establish the group Indiana People Advocating Reasonable
Taxation in response to concern over inequities in the state’s property tax
assessment policies. “Rather than complain, we chose to learn more about the
process,” she said.
As County Commissioner, Adams hopes to position the county to maximize jobs.
“The jobs drive our local economy and quality of life,” she said. “I want to
see us do all we can to keep good jobs in our county – and add more new
opportunities. I want Porter County to be a place of economic growth where
businesses can afford to pay their taxes and still hire more workers, and
where our young people will want to stay and put their educations to work,”
Adams filed the paperwork for her candidacy today. She added, “I have a lot
of listening to do. I’m doing this to help make Porter County a better place
to live, work, and raise our families.”