Democrat Files to Run for County Council At-Large Seat

Shelby County Council candidate Laura Stieneker-Taylor, left, completed paperwork at the Clerk’s office yesterday with Shelby County Democratic Party Chair Bob Williams, right. She will compete with three incumbent Republicans for the three at-large seats in the fall.

by KRISTIAAN RAWLINGS

The three Shelby County Council at-large seats, currently held by Republicans, will be contested this fall by a Democrat. Laura Stieneker-Taylor, a Brentwood resident in Shelbyville and math teacher at Ben Davis High School, is no stranger to local politics.

Stieneker-Taylor is the daughter of the late John Stieneker, a Sagamore of the Wabash recipient, and Karen Stieneker, both active for decades in local Democratic party affairs. Stieneker-Taylor herself previously served as Shelby County Democratic Party chair and vice-chair. The current chairman, Bob Williams, is excited to have a contested council race.

“People were wanting us to come up with somebody because they were upset that three of the (Republican) council at-large candidates joined together as a group (for campaigning in the primary),” Williams said.

Stieneker-Taylor said she had long considered running for local office. “It’s always been in the back of my mind,” she said. “I want change in our community.”

She told The Addison Times yesterday that it was important to have Democratic representation on the council since all seats are currently held by Republicans. But she recognizes the challenge of running as a Democrat in solidly-red Shelby County.

“It’s a tough row to hoe but I’m going to do my best,” Taylor-Stieneker said. “I’m going to research topics and I’m going to ask questions and talk to people and communicate.”

She will face Republican incumbents Ryan Claxton, Terry Smith, and Tony Titus for the three available at-large seats in the Nov. 3 general election. Although there were no Democrat council candidates on the ballot in the primary, the local party has until next Tuesday, June 30 to caucus candidates in for the general election.