Finkam hopes to build on experience if re-elected to third term


As Sue Finkam nears the end of her second term on the Carmel City Council, she feels she’s built a strong understanding of the complex issues involved in managing a growing city.


“Eight years on the council has afforded me with a bank of thousands of community conversations,” she said. “Combine the extensive knowledge of the needs of my district with my deep relationships with city officials and employees, understanding of municipal finance and experience in executive business management, and you have a candidate that is definitively poised to continue serving at a high level.”

Finkam, a Republican, is running for re-election in the Northeast District against Democrat Ti’Gre McNear, who is seeking elected office for the first time. Election Day is Nov. 5.

Finkam said her campaign is focused on ensuring Carmel stays on sound financial footing, investing in infrastructure and economic growth, keeping taxes low and improving safety.

If re-elected, she plans to focus on improving the city’s economic development incentives applications process.

“While all incentives are considered on a case-by-case basis, and Carmel invests in infrastructure as an incentive for companies to locate here, providing a standardized format and process for requests would ensure accountability and transparency and send a signal to potential business partners that we are protective of our tax dollars and focused on quality outcomes,” she said.

Finkam is a graduate of Central Michigan University and has a master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. She and her husband, Joe, have a son who is a senior at Carmel High School.

Finkam works as a director with the Indiana Donor Network, a nonprofit responsible for facilitating organ, tissue and cornea donation throughout the state.

“In that role I am proud to say I can draw a direct line to what I do each day to saving lives,” she said. “I am blessed each day to watch 25 amazing team members work with passion and commitment to serving others.”

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