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Pike Township Trustee - Lula M. Patton
Indianapolis Recorder - Front Page Story
The Democratic Party officially endorsed Mark Batties as its candidate for assessor and Lula Patton, candidate for trustee, earlier this year and are hopeful they can pull a victory in the statewide primary election on May 7.
...Patton, currently running for Pike Township trustee, has an extensive background with the Democratic Party as well as Pike Township. Retired from Eli Lilly and Co., Patton has been a resident of Pike Township for nearly 25 years and has served on numerous boards - including her current position as a Pike Township Legislative Board Member.
So what do Patton
and Crawford say about the increase of Black Democrats running for political office?
According to Patton
, there wasn't a chance for Black Democrats to run for office in her
district prior to 1994 because of the Republican Party stronghold. Patton
said times are indeed different since Pike has changed so drastically with a 52.7 percent female and 32 percent Black population, making the chances of minority Democrats running and actually winning very possible.
"It's not a Black or white issue.In my mind it's an issue of representing all of Pike Township.We have a diverse community and we need to address the needs of the community.The township office, which is the highest government in Pike, should represent the people," she
Marion County Democrats - Candidates >> PIKE TOWNSHIP BIO'S
LULA PATTON FOR TOWNSHIP TRUSTEELula Patton
is a 24-year resident of Pike Township where she
family.She was educated at the University of Indianapolis with a focus in Business Administration and Accounting.After 25 years of service, Lula retired from Eli Lilly and Company.Currently, she is a member of the Indiana Township Association and the Pike Township Advisory Board.Lula
is committed to promoting safety in our neighborhoods, fire protection, economic vitality, preserving public parks, and implementing geographic information systems.
Pike Trustee Lula Patton ...
Pike Trustee Lula Patton said her office helped 1,102 people last year, up 45 from 2006.The office spent about $196,297 of its $200,000 emergency assistance budget.Patton said the assistance is offered to Pike residents who suffer actual emergency situations, such as a job loss.People who aren't given financial assistance from the trustee are often referred to other agencies.After an application is accepted, the claim is researched.Assistance is granted after the investigation, typically within 72 hours."I don't know of any other agency that can turn it around so fast," Patton said.Money is used primarily for rent and utilities, Patton added, but the office rarely will pay the entire amount.People who are turned down are often referred to other agencies such as the Urban League.Patton's office also has loose partnerships in the area with North Liberty Christian Church, which runs a food pantry, and Pike High School, which conducts food drives for people in need.The emergency assistance budget for 2008 has been increased by more than $20,000."I don't see the need going away," Patton said.
Lula Patton - Pike Township ...
Lula Patton - Pike Township Trustee