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Hamilton County Democrats Elect Jocelyn Vare as Chairperson

Former Fishers City Council Member At-Large focused on growth and strengthening party

FISHERS, Ind., February 21, 2024 – On Saturday, February 17, the Hamilton County Democratic Party elected former Fishers City Councilor Jocelyn Vare to serve as its Chairperson. Precinct Chairs and Vice Chairs were called to an election to select a chair to finish outgoing Chair Dayna Colbert’s term. Colbert resigned to focus on her role as Executive Director for the Indiana Democratic Party.

“Congratulations to Jocelyn Vare on becoming the next Hamilton County Chair,” Colbert said. “Jocelyn knows how important the upcoming election is and has spent the last few years as an important voice in the Fishers community for fairness and growth. She helped pave the way for past, current and future candidates. Democrats are uniting for 2024, and ready to bring balance to Hoosier politics.”

Vare brings a variety of experience from her time as Fishers City Councilor, her leadership in the communications and business world, and her commitment to the Hamilton County community.

“My goal continues to be strengthening Hamilton County Democrats – candidates and voters - to achieve a healthy political balance here for the first time,” said Vare. “This goal is shared by a skyrocketing number of Democratic volunteers who devote time and effort to serve as the backbone of our growing party. There are more Democratic voters in Hamilton County than ever before. Our candidates are strong and ready to lead.”

Vare’s first priority is supporting Democratic candidates in the upcoming election. “Voters in Hamilton County will have important choices on their ballot this November and the Hamilton County Democratic Party will make sure that all voters are informed with the facts and prepared to use their voices,” said Vare. “When Hamilton County citizens pledge to never skip a vote, their voices make Indiana a better place to live.”

Prior to her election as chair, Vare served as an at-large member of Fishers City Council and the first Democrat ever elected to Fishers municipal office. Vare ran for Indiana State Senate in 2022, earning over 16,000 votes from Fishers residents. A Hamilton County resident for over 25 years, she is a mom of two adult children, a local small business owner, a volunteer, and a champion for the community.

Vare is a member of the current class of Hoosier Women Forward, a statewide leadership training program designed to empower Democratic women to become more active participants in politics and leaders in their communities. She is a graduate of Fishers City Government Academy, Hamilton County Leadership Academy, Ball State’s Economic Development Course and Community Development Course. Vare is the chairperson of the Fishers Arts + Culture Commission and has been an advocate for its diverse creative community. In 2021, Vare was recognized as an Impact Award nominee, one of 30 alumni designated in the Hamilton County Leadership Academy’s 30-year history.

Vare’s term began immediately upon election on February 17 and will continue until March 2025.


About the Hamilton County Democratic Party

The Hamilton County Democratic Party is a community-driven political organization dedicated to serving Hamilton County, Indiana. Our core objective is to educate, involve, train, and invigorate candidates, campaign personnel, and volunteers. We provide support to candidates through initiatives such as canvassing, phone banks, fundraising, and voter registration. Additionally, we actively participate in our communities, engaging with various events and organizations that contribute to the remarkable nature of Hamilton County. Our unwavering commitment is to enhance the well-being of all residents, spanning Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta, Sheridan, and the entire county.

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