Reducing Crime & Improving Community Relations
Reducing crime is essential for peace and growth in our neighborhood. Having critical conversations can help improve relations and transparency with law enforcement in our community.
We must improve our crumbling infrastructure in the City. Potholes have caused severe damage to taxpayer’s vehicles and cost millions in out-of-pocket repairs. Taxpayers should know that their dollars are being effectively used to repair our roads and funding DPW. As Councilwoman I will work with the Mayor to improve our road formula for effective cost and spending.
Economic development can help minimize abandoned properties in our community. District 13 has its fair share of abandoned housing and commercial properties. These dilapidated properties have driven down property value and wealth in our neighborhood. As Councilwoman, I will tackle abandoned properties head-on and hold owners accountable who leave their properties in ruins, while seeking economic growth in our community.
Belinda Drake was born and raised in Gary, IN and she made it a point to thrive in spite of her environment. Belinda strives to be a great role model for her family. She graduated from IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) with her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Legal Studies. As a senior at IUPUI, Belinda was able to start her political career as an intern with Congressman Andre Carson and she continued her community engagement as part of the Indianapolis Public Allies. As a Public Ally, she partnered with Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center, as a City Engagement Curriculum Coordinator.
Belinda’s internship with Congressman Carson inspired her to continue working in politics and now she serves as CD7 Chair as part of the Indiana Young Democrats Executive Committee. Belinda serves on the Executive Board of Lawrence Township Democrat Club. Belinda also serves as Secretary on the Executive Board of Indiana Stonewall Democrats. Belinda was selected to participate in the 2018-2019 Indiana Emerging Leaders Project, as she continues to fight for a more inclusive Indiana. Belinda was elected the position of Racial Diversity Coordinator for Indianapolis National Organization for Women (NOW), which is an organization devoted to achieving full equality for women through education and litigation. Currently, Belinda serves on the Indianapolis NAACP Young Adults Committee with the goal of reducing social injustice for all. Recently, Belinda was elected to the Executive Board of Thrival Indy as Community Liaison.
In addition to her political service, Belinda is an employee of Covance, where she helps individuals improve their health by facilitating access to medical innovations, as part of the Global Project Management team. She also volunteers to mentor children in the city of Indianapolis. Belinda resides on the eastside of Indianapolis. Belinda enjoys spending time with her family.
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