Pishkur makes it official
MICHIGAN CITY – After being defeated in a Democratic caucus to fill the remainder of Pat Boy’s City Council seat last month, Beth Pishkur said she planned to run for the seat in the May primary. On Wednesday she made it official.
“I am proud to announce that I will be seeking the Democratic nomination to represent the 4th Ward on the Michigan City Common Council,” Pishkur said.
“I am committed to the 4th Ward because I have been a resident of the ward since the age of 14. I raised my family here. Even my early career as a Registered Nurse, more specifically as a Visiting Nurse with Saint Anthony’s Home Health Care, allowed me the opportunity to serve residents of every street in this ward.
“The past 10 years I have had the pleasure to serve the underserved of this entire community as a Registered Nurse at HealthLinc Community Health Center on the corner of 7th and Franklin.”
Pishkur said her time living and working in the ward “allowed me to intimately know the good people of the 4th Ward. It is how I met one of our more distinguished members, Pat Boy, our Indiana State Representative. It is with great honor that I accept her endorsement.”
In an interview in November, when she officially left the City Council for the legislature, Boy said, “Beth is in it for the right reasons. I think she’d do a great as a council member.”
Pishkur lost at the Democratic caucus to Sean Fitzpatrick on a 3-2 vote to fill the final year of Boy’s term. Fitzpatrick said at the time he would run for a full term, but has not made an official announcement.
“I feel I am a citizen not a politician,” said Pishkur, who did not run for another term on the Michigan City Area Schools Board last November after serving for eight years.
“My years of leadership, experience, volunteerism, service on appointed boards and commissions, and results-driven accomplishments all point to my being a proven community leader deserving of the honor to represent the 4th Ward. I deliver results, not promises.”
As a School Board member, Pishkur said she was “part of the team that accomplished many positive things” for the city.
“I introduced the idea of school uniforms which, in turn, has reduced bullying and made school clothes more affordable and not a competition. We installed solar panels that will produce millions in cost savings over and above the cost of installation. The graduation rate increased from one of the lower-performing districts to well above the state average.
“Technology improvements included laptops for all middle school and high school students. For those students attending college, partnerships with colleges and universities were formed, whereby students can obtain college credit for courses taken in high school. We are now one of the best in the state at this program. For those students not attending college, the Career & Technical Institute [AK Smith Center] was retooled to implement more degrees and certifications to help students graduate and be ready for good jobs.”
Pishkur said her years of service have given her “an understanding of the process to get things done.”
Along with two terms on the School Board, she has served on the Michigan City Planning Commission, Michigan City Enrichment Board, and Michigan City Women’s Commission. The 4th Ward, 12th Precinct Chair is also a member of the MC Women’s Democratic Club, La Porte County League of Women Voters, La Porte County Democratic Civic Club, and Michigan City Rotary Club.
“I believe in community and helping wherever and whenever I can,” she said. “I served the Indiana Homecare & Hospice Association in the capacity as a Legislative Advocate for Nurses by traveling to Indianapolis and Washington D.C. to lobby the Senate and Congress to keep the Home Health benefits intact.
“I have volunteered countless hours to the Salvation Army, the Weekly Summer Beach Cleanups at Washington Park, and have enjoyed my time mentoring students in the ‘Hours for Ours Program’ from 3rd grade to current 9th grade.”
Overall, she said, “I feel my life experience, my career, my service to community, and my volunteerism has allowed me to become part of the fabric of this community that I have grown to embrace and love dearly.
“I will be the voice of residents to ask tough questions, provide solutions, and move Michigan City forward in a positive way for all.”
Anyone wishing to read more on Pishkur’s plans or stance on issues can visit her Facebook page at @BethMcKeePishkur4CityCouncil or contact her via email at Beth4CityCouncil@gmail.com.
—From staff reports