Evansville, IN – Evansville native Lori Sherman today announced the kickoff of her campaign for the Democrat nomination for the Indiana House in District 77. She officially entered the primary race on Feb. 1, when she filed with the Indiana Board of Election at Indianapolis.
This is Sherman’s first run for public office, and she made her decision after talking with the community – those she seeks to serve in the State House. She pledged to be “a voice for the under-represented, an advocate for children and families, and a beacon of hope for those who have gone for far too long without it.”
“Serving as a State Representative is about people rather than politics,” she said.
If elected, Sherman will be the first African-American woman to serve as State Representative in District 77.
“I believe that success should not be reserved for those who can afford it or those who were born with advantages that make it easy to achieve success,” Sherman added, explaining that she was born into a large family living below the poverty line. She realized at an early age that in order to change her circumstance, she would have to work hard and tirelessly to find her purpose in life.
After graduating from Culver Elementary, Glenwood Middle School and Harry A. Burke High School with honors, Sherman attended Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C. where she received her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
She was admitted to a number of top-tier law schools, but she accepted a scholarship to Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law in Bloomington in order to return to the Midwest. She is one of five African-American attorneys currently practicing in Evansville. Sherman works for the Indiana Department of Child Services.
As State Representative, she will focus on family and children’s issues, creation of jobs that pay a living wage, preventing blight and overhaul of the ISTEP system. She will work tirelessly for the inclusion of Ivy Tech in the IU Medical Center in Evansville.
More information about Sherman and her campaign will appear on Sherman’s website, www.lorisherman31-8-9.com. The web address references the Bible verse Proverbs 31: 8-9, which embodies Sherman’s passion and willingness to advocate for people.
“It took a village to raise me, and I give much of the credit to Sheila Huff, Denise Strawn and Sheri Chestnut at Glenwood Middle School. They refused to give up on me, and they gave me hope. I owe them a lot. Because so many of my teachers took a special interest in me, I am obligated to make good on their investment,” she added.