Candidate wants to bring new perspective to Fishers council


Samantha Chapman moved to Fishers last fall for many of the same reasons that have made it one of Indiana’s fastest-growing cities.

“I decided to make Fishers my home because it is a thriving community, interconnected by trails, filled with green spaces and home to some of the best schools in the state,” said Chapman, originally from Fort Wayne and an Indianapolis resident for the past 10 years before moving to Fishers.

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Now, Chapman wants to lend a fresh perspective to the city’s leadership and encourage other politcal newcomers to get involved in their community. A first-time candidate for political office, she is running for Fishers City Council in the Northeast District. She is unopposed in the May 2 Democratic primary. She will face incumbent Brad DeReamer, a Republican, in the Nov. 7 general election.

“The demographic of Fishers is changing,” Chapman said. “The city is attracting new residents who are excited to live, work, play and be a part of our community. I am part of this group and eager to get involved to build and support Fishers as it continues to grow and thrive for decades to come. I hope to lead by example in showing new residents that there are numerous ways to become active in the Fishers community, and I will strive to make all residents feel welcome here.”

Chapman lists three priorities in her campaign: supporting and improving public and private investment; inclusivity, building a Fishers where all residents feel welcome; and transparency, fostering open communication between officials and residents.

Chapman has experience working with state and local government, previously as the Business Services Division attorney and special counsel for the Secretary of State’s office and in her current position as the state director of the Humane Society of the U.S. She lives in Fishers with her beagle and two cats.