I am Valerie Schey and I am running to serve on South Bend’s Common Council in the Third District. I am running for office because I would like to help make South Bend a better place for all of our residents.
If I am elected, economic growth and development will be one of my top priorities. Strong economic growth and development provide a community the resources necessary to support the public programs and services that promise a high quality of life for all of its residents.
In the “Benchmarking South Bend” study, Karl King and John Roos provide valuable data and observations that should be used to direct our community’s efforts toward economic growth and development. It is essential for our future that we move beyond what Mr. King and Mr. Roos refer to as our “Legacy Industry Mix”.
I believe that the newly elected Mayor, his administration and the city council must embrace investments such as the Metronet, Innovation Park, Ignition Park, the Midwest Institute of Nanotechnology Discovery, the Harper Cancer Research Institute, and others of this type, if we are to have a prosperous future.
If I am elected, not only am I committed to serving you, my friends and neighbors in the Third District but I am also committed to serving South Bend’s future generations. By establishing a strong economic base and the corresponding employment opportunities, South Bend and its people will thrive once again.
My name is Valerie Schey and I am 42 years old. I grew up in Morton Grove, IL in a blue collar, middle class family. My Dad worked in a factory and my Mom worked as a waitress. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign with a Bachelors Degree in Biology in 1991.
I have worked for two large, multinational companies (IBM and GlaxoSmithKline) in Sales and Marketing and I have established and managed one small, not for profit organization (CARE of South Bend).
My parents raised me and my two sisters with patriotic values and a strong work ethic. My parents were very committed to serving our community and helping others. My Father served as a union steward for the UAW and my Mother volunteered her time to help children with Muscular Dystrophy. Through their example I learned the importance civic duty and service.
My husband and I moved to South Bend from Glenview, IL in 2005. I have been actively volunteering at South Bend Animal Care and Control since 2008. I served as the citizen member of the Health and Public Safety sub- committee of the South Bend Common Council in 2009 and 2010. I have volunteered at a number of local, community events including: Art Beat 2009 and 2010, The TCU Annual Kids Triathalon hosted at Potawatomi Park and the Sunburst Marathon 2009 and 2010.
I have also organized and hosted various community events such as the Run Ten Ten 10K Race and 2 Mile Mutt Strutt, The Howard Park Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade and Party, The Dog Days of Summer at the Colfax Cultural Center, Operation Santa Paws at the College Football Hall of Fame and Earth Day/Arbor Day at Howard Park.
When I am not volunteering at the animal shelter or working on a project for CARE of South Bend I enjoy spending time with my husband, running, reading non-fiction books about US and world history and playing with our three dogs.
If you are looking for a candidate who is energetic, empathic and democratic, please vote for me.