John Zody Announces Run for State Senate District 40

John Zody Announces Run for State Senate District 40

BLOOMINGTON – John Zody announced he would seek the office for Indiana’s 40th District in the State Senate in 2020. The announcement comes following the news from State Senator Mark Stoops that he would not seek re-election next year.

“I want to thank Senator Mark Stoops for his service at the Statehouse and for being a strong advocate for Monroe County,” said John Zody. “I am running for the Indiana State Senate because Monroe County continues to deserve that strong voice. Day in, and day out, I see things happen at the Statehouse that send the wrong message to Hoosiers. I believe Indiana’s best days are ahead – but we can only get there when every Hoosier has a quality education, a livable wage, and a community that welcomes everyone. I’m a proven fighter in Indiana politics, and I want to listen to Monroe County citizens to get things done at the Statehouse, be a strong voice and help Hoosiers believe in their state and their future once again.”

Once elected to the Indiana State Senate, Zody will work for a focused, aggressive agenda that includes:

• Giving every four-year old access to Pre-K, adequately funding K-12 public education, higher education, and ensuring our teachers are given the raises they deserve,
• Correcting the state’s lagging wage growth for hardworking Hoosier families,
• Expanding the ever-shrinking right to vote and have fairer elections without gerrymandering,
• Fighting to ensure that every single Hoosier feels safe, secure, and protected equally under Indiana law – regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and
• Fighting to protect the environment in our state with a focus on statewide sustainability.

John Zody is a 20-year resident of Bloomington, a graduate of Indiana University, and knows how Monroe County’s vibrant diversity has helped it thrive. Originally from Martinsville, Zody plans to work across the district with lifelong and new citizens, community leaders, and students to make sure all Hoosiers have the advocate they need at the Statehouse to protect the unique character of the place we call home.

Finally, Zody is a public servant with a variety of experience in community development, social service, and legislative issues, including positions under Congressman Baron Hill, Governors Frank O’Bannon and Joe Kernan, and on the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama in 2012. Zody also has served as a precinct committee person and as Vice Chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party. For the past seven years, Zody has served as Chair of the Indiana Democratic Party. 

“I have been a proud Monroe County Democrat for nearly two decades – and have learned so much from the leadership of so many in our county, as well as through my involvement in various community organizations. I look forward to taking that knowledge to the Statehouse as I continue to listen to the citizens of Monroe County during the process of being a candidate for State Senate,” Zody concluded.

Hoosiers can get involved with the Zody for Indiana campaign by visiting the campaign’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Supporters can donate to the campaign by visiting the Zody for Indiana ActBlue page. Hoosiers can also send an e-mail to [email protected] to volunteer with the campaign. 


John Zody is a seventh-generation Hoosier and 20-year resident of Bloomington with a history of community involvement. A public servant and educator, he graduated from Indiana University and currently lives in Monroe County with his wife, two children and their dog. John will be a State Senator who will fight on the right side of history at the Statehouse for livable wages, public education, healthcare, equality, voting rights and the environment. Senate District 40 covers Bean Blossom, Benton, Bloomington, Perry, Richland, Salt Creek, Van Buren and Washington townships in Monroe County.

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