Pharos Tribune – 8/23/2019

Roe announces run for Senate

ROCHESTER — Amy A. Roe has decided to participate in the upcoming caucus as a candidate for the open seat vacated by state Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport).

Roe, who was born and raised in Fulton County, ran for an at-large seat on Rochester City Council during this past primary. Although she was unable to unseat the incumbents, she is undiscouraged in entering the field of candidates for Head’s seat.

“I have determined no one will actually fill Senator Head’s shoes,” Roe said. “I have the utmost respect for him — he is passionate, talented, and every time he gets up to speak you can tell that it comes from the depths of his soul. Whoever is chosen will never truly be able to fill his shoes but somebody has to carry on his legacy. I feel that I have the strategic mindset, regional connections and passion to give it my best shot!”

Roe’s family has always been a part of Rochester. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1998 with academic honors and went on to Grace College where she obtained her B.A. of Psychology and Sociology.

After moving to South Carolina to work in the logistics industry, Roe received a certificate in non-profit marketing from Greenville Tech. She then became the sales and marketing director at the Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce where she developed an interest in politics.

Roe said she knew she could make the largest impact back home in Rochester, so she moved back to help the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce align with a modern model that most chambers have adopted around the nation. FUEL (Fulton County Upcoming Empowered Leaders) and Women in Business were created in this modernization. She also helped relaunch two organizations to work alongside the chamber, Rochester Downtown Partnership and Fulton County Tourism Commission.

Roe has also taken on the role of adviser for Round Barn Lab — a makerspace that she helped start.

Other conversations that Roe has had the opportunity to facilitate include transforming workforce development which resulted in the creation of legislation during her time in South Carolina, improving public education as the Executive Director of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and creating programs to help with substance use disorders and mental health as the President of Fulton County H.O.P.E. (Healing through Opportunity, Positivity and Empowerment).

These issues will be top priority for Roe if she obtains the Senate Seat.

Roe noted that she has been blessed with exposure to each county in her district either professionally, personally, educationally, or civically. This experience and connections in each county will assist her in doing the job effectively.

In addition, Amy’s professional and educational experiences have produced impressive results due to her skill level at team building, organizational leadership, policy writing, program development, communication facilitating and the ability to work with tough issues and individuals of all walks of life.

“I was born for public service,” Roe said, adding her recent participation at ‘Campaign Institute’ hosted by Advancing Voices of Women reaffirmed this belief.

Roe’s goal was always to get the chamber on track for success and then move on to a position that would allow her to make a difference in people’s lives.

Today, most of her time is spent helping those struggling with substance abuse and family issues along with pursuing her Masters in Management and Leadership from WGU (Western Governor’s University).

District 18 serves Cass, Fulton and Miami Counties and portions of Carroll, Kosciusko and Marshall Counties.

A caucus of eight precinct committee members will be tasked will selecting the individual to fill the remainder of Head’s term. He resigned from the Indiana Senate to become Chief Deputy Prosecutor for Pulaski County.

The caucus will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9 at the Miami County 4-H Community Building located at 1029 W. 200 N. in Peru.

PAID FOR BY THE TEAM TO ELECT AMY ROE

Team to Elect Amy Roe
P.O. Box 131
Rochester, IN 46975