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Shawn Denney

Leader

Educator

Public Servant

As a civil servant, Shawn Denney is working every day for everyone in Lawrence.

As a current Lawrence Common Council Representative, former MSD Lawrence Township School Board member, and community activist, Shawn Denney has always put our community first. 

  • Working to bring high-paying jobs and create career readiness for Lawrence families

  • Voted to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs

  • Sought partnerships with non-profits and religious organizations to alleviate poverty

  • Promoted a balanced budget and a Rainy Day fund to shore up police and fire pensions

  • Worked to successfully expand capacity for pre-K education

  • Worked side-by-side with autistic students to obtain their high school course credit

  • Taught and advocated for Hoosier educators

 

On the Issues

"To me, taking care of our friends and neighbors is at the heart of good local governance. Whether that is through job creation, economic development, education, public safety, or civil rights protection, I am committed to doing what's right for the citizens of Lawrence every single day."

 

In The News

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Volunteers helped the Lawrence Community Parks Foundation prepare 1,000 boxes of food to give out to people in need on Thursday.

The ‘Bellies Full for Back to School’ event was held at Lawrence Community Park this afternoon. Gleaners Food Bank donated the food, which included milk, vegetables and meat. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was set up as a drive-thru to minimize contact between volunteers and families receiving the meals.​

Lawrence Community Parks Foundation president Shawn Denney witnessed the park’s parking lot fill up 15 minutes before the event even began. He talked about the effort and how volunteers were even thinking about those who couldn’t attend the event. More...

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LAWRENCE, Ind. — Thursday's mobile food bank in Lawrence fed over a thousand people, no questions asked.

“We don’t know anybody’s situation. We might see somebody with a nice car and say, ‘Why are they getting a food box?’ They may have lost their job two months ago,” said Shawn Denney, Lawrence Community Parks Foundation.

Read/Watch the entire news story here.

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The Democrat-controlled Lawrence Common Council adopted final changes to Republican Mayor Steve Collier’s proposed spending plan on Monday that this time does not involve controversial public safety cuts that outraged local officials.

Crafting the $24 million budget for the independent city has been particularly rocky this year, creating tensions throughout an apparent breakdown in miscommunication that has played out along partisan lines.

 

The council drew consternation from police and fire officials earlier this month after trying to cut $3.6 million that Collier proposed drawing from operating reserves to be used toward park projects. 

Read the entire article here.