On Thursday, Indianapolis Councillor Keith Potts (District 2) announced he is entering the race to represent Indiana in the United States Senate.

“Having served on the Indianapolis Council, I’ve seen government at its best, delivering results for our community. But in Washington, I see our freedoms under attack, whether the right for Americans to make their own healthcare decisions, the belief that the American dream is possible for every generation, or our democracy itself, Hoosiers deserve a Senator who will make Washington work for them and fight for a vision of the future.” said Potts.

Potts was elected to the Indianapolis City-County Council in 2019, defeating a strong Republican incumbent with over 60% of the vote. During his time in office, Potts has worked to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments for his community, and stood up for families and small businesses.

Councillor Potts knows that we need to work with businesses, unions, and government to build a better future for all of Indiana: a future where everyone can get a good paying job, has access to affordable healthcare, and can count on a strong and stable social security so every American can retire with dignity.

“Having a government that actually works for us doesn’t have to seem like some unreachable far-off goal. Every Hoosier, and every American, deserves to have a government that will help them pursue the American Dream by making it easier to raise a family, protecting private healthcare decisions, and ensuring no one lives in fear that their freedoms may be taken away. That future is possible, and we can get there if we go together.”

If elected, Councillor Potts would be the first openly gay man elected to the US Senate.  Click Here for more information or go to KeithPotts.com

Background on Councillor Potts

Keith’s values come from his childhood, growing up in a working class home. He learned from his parents about hard work and what it means to struggle with tough choices around health care, education, and the increasing cost of living. From his father working to keep food on the table and his mother working to make sure the family had insurance, Keith saw first hand what too many American families know: that healthcare doesn’t always work for the people who need it. 

Above all, Keith learned to value freedom from his Grandpa who fought in World War II with the 82nd Airborne, dropping behind enemy lines during D-Day. He taught Keith what freedom means and what it’s like to fight for what you believe in. My Grandpa never missed a performance and was always there with the right thing to say and a nugget of wisdom.  

From his time in high school Keith knew he wanted to bring people joy. Through his musical talents he was admitted into the Boston Conservatory to hone his skills and work with talented artists from across the country.

This led to Keith traveling the country to be a specialist for concerts, performances, and musicals.  On a summer contract to Indianapolis, Keith fell in love with the city and his future husband.  He’s been proud to call Indiana his home and knows that it is a place where people can be proud to raise their families. Not a place people should ever feel they need to leave to be successful.  

Keith immediately got to work, getting involved in his community and helping to improve lives in Indiana. He worked for Senator Donnelly in 2018 and got involved in local organizations in Central Indiana. 

In 2019, Keith looked around and realized that someone had to represent his neighborhood.  He stepped up to challenge long entrenched interests and worked hard calling, knocking, and listening to his friends, neighbors, and community to handily defeat one of the strongest incumbents on the Indianapolis City Council.  

Entering into the council at the beginning of 2020, just as COVID-19 was starting to shut businesses down and lock down people across the country, Keith got immediately to work. Fighting against big corporations trying to undercut local small businesses, Keith worked to ensure that businesses and everyday families weren’t charged exorbitant delivery fees. And he worked with the police and community activists to create a better system for policing that is building a safer, stronger Indianapolis.  Keith also knows that growth is the key to the success of all of Indiana and worked with local business owners to grow his district adding over 800 new housing units, 120 solid middle class jobs, and more than $270 million dollars of new investments.