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About Deb Chubb

Deb Chubb is a Progressive Activist who has made a difference in the lives of our community, and in Northwest Indiana’s environment that we share and depend on.

Deb has lived in Northwest Indiana her entire life. She graduated from Indiana University and got a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. For seven years she developed a private law practice that served clients throughout Northwest Indiana. She then became the Executive Director of a non-profit whose mission was to improve the quality and access of high-quality early childhood education and care, growing and expanding its capacity from serving 25 children to serving nearly 500 children. During her 17 years in this position, she developed dozens of programs to support families and children, secured millions in grant funds, and helped thousands of women navigate the barriers to financial security in education, housing, transportation, parenting, employment, and health care.

Passionate about the Indiana Dunes since she was a child, Deb served on the Executive Committee of the region’s oldest and most active environmental organization, Save the Dunes Board, for ten years, three years as president. She also helped found the Northwest Indiana Citizens’ Climate Lobby chapter, a national non-profit lobbying Congress for a national carbon fee that supports the transition away from fossil fuels by returning carbon fees back to citizens. She continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Region which works with other states to protect the health of Lake Michigan.

Deb has been elected three times to serve on the Michigan City Schools Board of Trustees. In that role, she has spearheaded changes in policy to protect young children from lead poisoning, the first school corporation in the State to do so. She has been an avid supporter of teachers and parents, and transparency in school governance.

Through her work as an attorney and non-profit executive, Deb saw how important it is for women to have a seat at the table in the State Legislature to change laws that impact women, families, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community whose systemic challenges are often beyond the ability of individuals or social services agencies to cure. Since 2017, she has led statewide political organizing initiatives to recruit, train, and support women candidates to the Indiana House and Senate and to build coalitions around progressive issues.

Deb believes that bringing real change to Indiana requires more than just writing bills that the Republican super-majority throw in the legislative wastebasket. It requires effective coalition building, collaboration, and organizing to break the Republican stranglehold on policy.

Indiana’s Fourth Senatorial District needs a proven progressive activist that can build an Indiana that values children, families, communities, and the environment. While Deb will continue to work hard to recruit, train, and support Democratic women to run for the Indiana State Legislature in 2022, she is proud to have the opportunity to run herself and become only the third Democratic woman serving in the current Indiana State Senate.

The Issues

ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY CHILD CARE

The COVID pandemic left many families with few choices for the safe, educational, and nurturing childcare they need to hold on to their jobs.  Indiana invests less in early childhood education than almost all other states, despite research that shows that every dollar invested in early childhood education brings $7 – $13 in savings to the State. We must invest in our youngest Hoosiers and support families’ efforts to achieve and maintain financial security.

FIGHT FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT

Our region is home to industries that provide good jobs, but they must also control contamination of our drinking water, air, and reduce the use of fossil fuels. The climate crisis is an existential threat to our collective survival that must be addressed immediately. Toxic algae blooms, more severe weather events, flooding, and legacy coal ash lagoons will put Hoosiers at more and more risk in the next decade. We must do all we can to build a Green Economy and expand renewable energy production across our state.

EQUITABLE PUBLIC EDUCATION

The COVID pandemic caused trauma to students, interfered with their education, caused parents undue stress trying to cope with unpredictable educational services, and stretched committed teachers to the breaking point. Families with limited financial resources suffered the most. We must address students’ educational and social recovery as well as parents’ concerns about their children’s educational success. Public schools should be supported in using innovative programming to help students with their academic and social recovery.  Parents must also be included in the solutions to help families recover.  We must provide students in Indiana with the highest quality education that prepares them for good jobs or higher education to ensure their future economic prosperity. This will require a commitment to recruiting, respecting, and retaining well-trained teachers to be a part of Indiana’s bright future.

INFRASTRUCTURE AND WORKERS’ RIGHTS

Our region is in a moment of opportunity to improve roads, bridges, and other vital infrastructure. Federal funds will be flowing into Indiana to repair and improve infrastructure. Indiana leaders must ensure these projects are accomplished with good-paying jobs with equitable access for all the district’s citizens. As our economy recovers, we must ensure that the voices of employees are heard.  Workers’ rights to organize and negotiate for living wages and good benefits that support families must be restored and protected. We must act to raise Indiana’s minimum wage to at least $15/hour with cost-of-living adjustments guaranteed. 

COVID SAFETY

Nearly a quarter of American workers don’t have access to paid sick leave. That means that 24% of us must decide between taking a COVID test when we feel sick and feeding our families. Businesses, employers, workers, students, and families need to feel safe as new COVID variants continue to spread. Political culture wars must be set aside in favor of rational, science-based discussions to inform decision-making about protecting Hoosiers. Public education about protocols that are clear and consistent and reject misinformation must be implemented to protect the most vulnerable among us and those who care for them.

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AND MATERNAL HEALTH

Indiana has the 3rd worst maternal mortality rate in the country. Women of color are two to three times more likely to die during childbirth than white women. These issues of medical inequity are unacceptable. Indiana’s recent study of maternal mortality showed that 80% of pregnancy-associated deaths were preventable. We must implement the recommendations of the 2021 Indiana Maternal Mortality Review Report that include keeping women safe from domestic violence, access to affordable, high-quality childcare, and pregnancy accommodations in the workplace, among others. We must defend women’s rights to make safe, legal choices regarding their own body, their own health, and their own future.

PROTECT THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY

Hoosier youth in the LGBTQ+ community are 5 times more likely than their heterosexual peers to attempt suicide. Indiana still does not have an inclusive hate crimes law that protects our LGBTQ+ community. Indiana will continue to fall behind as long as Hoosiers can be fired from a job or denied housing because of who they love or how they identify.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Indiana is consistently higher than the national average in opioid overdose deaths, alcohol use disorder, and suicide attempts. Moreover, Indiana is facing a shortage of primary care providers. We must advance policies that expand access to primary care and provide mental health screening and treatment to all in need, including those struggling with opioid and other substance misuse, as a public health crisis, not a criminal one. We must bring down prescription drug prices.

REFORM AN UNJUST CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

African American Hoosiers are more than 5 times as likely as white people to be incarcerated in Indiana jails, despite similar rates of crime. And, Indiana’s incarceration rate is much higher than the US average. Community members need to be at the table with law enforcement to develop more equitable outcomes for individuals interacting with the criminal justice system. We need to decriminalize marijuana to reduce expensive, unproductive incarceration.

END GUN VIOLENCE

Every year, background check requirements stop about 3,500 felons and domestic abusers from buying firearms. But, all 3,500 can easily and illegally buy a gun in Indiana at a gun show. We must take appropriate steps to keep guns out of the wrongs hands by legislating safe storage requirements and ending the “gun show loophole”. And, we must strengthen statutes intended to reduce the epidemic of domestic homicide involving guns.

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