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Women are Running for Public Office

Stephanie Gottesman & Michelle Chambers

This week, Michelle Chambers shares insights from her decades of public service and why she has chosen to run for City Council At Large. 


In our interview, Michelle tells how she moved to Los Angeles as a child, but always knew she’d eventually move back to Fort Wayne. After working for many years with at risk populations in some of the roughest parts of LA, she wanted to bring her knowledge and experience back to her hometown.

She didn’t know it when she started out, but she isn’t the first in her family to fight for equal rights here in Summit City. She talks a bit about her family history, and how she’s following in her grandfather’s footsteps. She is hopeful that, by running for city council, she will be able to represent parts of the community that are currently under-represented by our City Council.

Her biggest advice to people about this upcoming election is to make sure you’re registered to vote by visiting indianavoters.in.gov, and to have the Indiana Voters app downloaded on your phone so you can help friends get registered. She also recommends voting early so that you have time on election day to help somebody get to the polls that might otherwise stay home.

Our musician this week is Chelsea Erickson, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist currently working on her second album. The song is called "These Words." Chelsea wrote it after thinking about how words can be hurtful. She plays an acoustic variety of country, pop, classic rock, and originals at gigs. You can find her music on iTunes, CdBaby, and Spotify, or you can check her out on Facebook. She also has a show on Saturday, August 3 at Teds Market from 8-11pm. 

Special thanks to Steve Tyler and Radiance of Silverbirch Studios for giving us a space to record and helping us sound amazing. Thank you also to Rosalind & the Way for our gorgeous intro music, to Traci Henning-Kolberg for editing out our mistakes and making us sound fantastic.