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Former Mayor, Karen Freeman-Wilson to Host Fundraiser for Gary Native Belinda Drake

Gary Indiana Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

Former Mayor, Karen Freeman-Wilson to Host Fundraiser for Gary Native Running for IN State Rep

The former mayor of Gary, IN will be hosting a fundraiser in support of Belinda Drake’s campaign for IN State Representative of House District 89

Indianapolis, IN – (January 13, 2020) On Thursday, January 30th from 5-6:30pm CST, former Gary, IN Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will host a fundraiser in support of Belinda Drake’s campaign for IN State Representative of House District 89. The event will be held at 621 S Lake St in Gary, IN. 

Freeman-Wilson, who served as Mayor of her hometown of Gary, IN from 2012-2019, was the first woman to lead the city of Gary and the first African-American female mayor elected in the state of Indiana. Freeman-Wilson is a long-time mentor of Belinda Drake, whose campaign would also make Indiana history. If elected, Drake would become the first African-American LGBTQ+ woman to be elected to the IN statehouse. 

Drake, who was born and raised in Gary, IN, is running to represent District 89, which includes precincts on the east and southeast side of Indianapolis, Beech Grove and Cumberland, and precincts in Warren, Center, Perry and Franklin townships.

“I am pleased to support Belinda Drake because she is a fresh voice for the citizens of Indiana,” said Freeman-Wilson. “As someone who has lived in two key areas of the state, she understands that by providing conscientious representation to the citizens of Indianapolis, all Hoosiers throughout the state will benefit.”

Light refreshments will be served at the fundraiser, which is open to the public and the media. Suggested minimum donation is $100, but all donation amounts are welcomed and appreciated. In addition to former Mayor Freeman-Wilson, other event co-hosts include Jervai Dumas, Preston Dunham, William Godwin, and Sharon Levels.  

“I’m honored to have the mentorship and support of former Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson,” said Drake. “This will be a homecoming for me. Though I am running to represent the people of House District 89, I will always be from Gary and will always be fighting for all of my communities throughout Indiana.”

Former Mayor, Karen Freeman-Wilson to Host Fundraiser for Gary Native Belinda Drake

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