WARSAW — Lindsay Malloy is one of 41 Hoosiers chosen to participate in the Indiana Democratic Party’s Emerging Leaders Project.
Malloy got involved in local politics when she first moved to the area three years ago.
“There are a lot of great local leaders that I’ve been fortunate to work with, but there’s always more to learn,” said Malloy. “I’d thought about applying to the Emerging Leaders Program previously, but wasn’t sure I was up for it.”
Being heavily involved in this year’s presidential primaries inspired her to apply to the program. The program is a free, year-long leadership development program designed to help build the Indiana Democratic Party’s bench. Those selected get to participate in four state-wide conferences that cover topics such as campaign management and public policy.
“I’m also really excited about the opportunity to meet and work with so many other young Democrats from all parts of the state,” said Malloy.
Malloy said she was really surprised when she heard she had been accepted into the program.
“While putting together my application for the Emerging Leaders Program, I talked to local Democratic leaders and past participants, who all thought I would be a good fit,” said Malloy. “But I know there are a lot of people doing amazing things for their communities all over the state. I’m really honored to have been selected for the program.”
Malloy currently serves as secretary for the Kosciusko County Democrats. She plans on bringing all the new skills she learns back into the county. “I would love to help continue to build the party up, encourage people to run for these spots, and be able to more effectively support them when they do.”
Malloy also wanted to remind everyone that even though it’s easy to get frustrated with politics at a national leve, local government can affect your day to day life.
“These politicians live in your community; they’re your neighbors, school teachers, the owners of your favorite businesses,” said Malloy. “Speaking with them about issues that are important to you can have a big impact.”