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Chair of Indiana Democratic Party John Zody announces state Senate run



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Chair of the Indiana Democratic Party John Zody talks to students in the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center on Oct. 24, 2014, in Briscoe Residence Center. Zody announced his 2020 run for the State Senate District 40 seat Thursday. IDS file photo Buy Photos

Chair of the Indiana Democratic Party John Zody announced his 2020 run for the state Senate District 40 seat Thursday, according to a press release from Zody.

Zody announced his run after the news that state Sen. Mark Stoops, D-40, would not seek reelection, according to the press release.

Zody’s agenda focuses on better funding education, protecting the environment through increasing sustainability and correcting Indiana’s slow wage growth, according to the press release.

“I’m a proven fighter in Indiana politics, and I want to listen to Monroe County citizens to get things done at the Statehouse, be a strong voice and help Hoosiers believe in their state and their future once again,” Zody said.

Zody has served as Chair of the Indiana Democratic Party for seven years. He has also worked under Congressman Baron Hill, D-9,, Democratic Govs. Frank O’Bannon and Joe Kernan, and on President Barack Obama’s campaign in 2012, according to the press release.

Zody is originally from Martinsville, Indiana,but he graduated from IU and has lived in Bloomington for 20 years, according to the press release.

“I have been a proud Monroe County Democrat for nearly two decades – and have learned so much from the leadership of so many in our county, as well as through my involvement in various community organizations,” Zody said. “I look forward to taking that knowledge to the Statehouse as I continue to listen to the citizens of Monroe County during the process of being a candidate for state Senate.”

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