Statement from Tobi Beck on Noblesville Shooting
“My heart goes out to those injured, to their families and friends, and to each and every scared parent and terrified child. As a foster parent and mom of three, I can only imagine the horror that is finding out there has been a shooting at your child’s school.
While many will extend their heartfelt sympathy, let me offer something more – a strong stand for solutions. No parent should have to worry for their child’s life, and no child should have to survive such a trauma. When the status quo has become our children being shot, we know it’s time for action – I stand on the side of action and promise that I will work for change.”
Statement from Tobi Beck on Republican Attack Ads
“The recent attack ads in this race illustrate just what happens when we let big out-of-state donors put politics over people in our elections. From a racist ad targeting the immigration status of the only Hispanic candidate to an ad stating that a veteran who lost a limb in combat cost Hoosiers “an arm and a leg,” these attacks demean us all.
This is not how we represent Hoosiers. These ads undermine our values and create an unwelcome environment for businesses—from Amazon.com to individual investors—who can help us create a prosperous future for Indiana.
Hoosiers deserve better. From one combat veteran to another, I thank Jim Baird for his service and sacrifice for this country. As we move forward in our campaigns, regardless of party, let’s put Hoosier values first. Let’s keep the people of this district in our hearts and working towards a better Indiana in our focus.”
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indiana Farm Bureau’s ELECT Political Action Committee announced that they are endorsing Tobi Beck in the 4th Congressional District Democratic Primary today. The endorsement is a key recognition of Beck’s strong pro-agriculture platform.
By Stephanie Dolan • 4/9/2018
A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. Tobi Beck’s was twice as long wearing combat boots.
For nearly 2,000 miles, Beck – candidate for the fourth congressional district – toured every county in her district in five days. A portion of her trip included walks through each county.
“We’ve gone to more places and more stops and had more talks than my congressman did all year last year,” she said. “That’s a lot of work.”
Counties Beck visited included Howard, Cass, Jasper, Newton, White, Tippecanoe, Carroll, Clinton, Montgomery, Boone, Morgan, Putnam, Fountain, Warren and Benton. She ended her tour in Hendricks County.
By Devin Zimmerman • 4/8/2018
One Democratic candidate laced up her combat boots to walk through Indiana’s 4th Congressional District and meet voters.
Tobi Beck came through Kokomo last Monday during her campaign for Congress. The Army veteran highlighted the issues that are important to her and put an emphasis on communicating with those she hopes to represent in Washington D.C., something she said isn’t happening right now.
By Steve Wilson • 4/3/2018
For Tobi Beck, democratic candidate for Indiana’s 4th Congressional District, it’s all about seeking connection with those who she seeks to represent.
“We’re trying to talk to people in all professions,” she said about her campaign’s efforts in Newton and adjoining counties. “If you don’t talk to the people how can you represent them?”
For the Journal Review • 3/30/2018
Beck emphasized her desire to be a true representative of the people. “I’m running for a representative seat,” she said. “And that means somebody who’s actually taking your voice to Washington. That’s the number one reason I’m running.”
By Nick Fiala • 3/28/2018
U.S. Army veteran and security technology designer Tobi Beck is campaigning to represent Indiana’s Fourth Congressional District. The post is currently occupied by Republican Representative Todd Rokita, who is himself currently running to represent Indiana in the U.S. Senate. Beck is encouraging voters to choose her on the basis of her nuanced viewpoints, her passion for serving people and her desire for an active, useful government.
Beck’s family moved from state to state as she grew up, due to her father’s work in business. After entering college, she enrolled in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. After graduating, she enlisted in the Army and was branched to the military police, assigned to a Strategic Force (STRAF) Unit.
Her training included law enforcement, military operations in the battlefield and special weapons security. She was assigned to the 571st Military Police Unit. Her military career includes service in Cuba for Operation Safe Harbor, helping Haitian refugees, and in Somalia.
After her active service, Tobi joined the Army Reserve and started a career in security design and internet technology. She was called back into service several times, including for the 1996 bombing at Olympic Park in Georgia, to assist with designing and build better security for the city. In 2001, she was asked to serve as additional security after the 9/11 attacks.
By James D. Wolf Jr. • 3/27/2018
It was not just public relations for the combat veteran.
“They are, in fact, the boots I wore in Somalia,” Beck said as she prepared to make the three-mile walk from the Ball Corporation plant on 6th Street to Prairie Farms, south of Monticello.
Beck, who is running for the 4th District Representative seat as a Democrat, said she wants to walk through the district because she wants to meet the people she plans to represent.
“One of the things that’s always disturbed me is me is that Representatives don’t represent people. It’s a growing problem,” she said.
She believes that the country needs representatives that talk with people and represent the constituents’ ideas.
“So a lot of this is just going around talking to people,” she said.
She estimates she’ll walk 17 to 20 miles over the next week, about three miles a day.
By Mitchell Kirk • 3/26/2018
Tobi Beck, a Democrat and U.S. Army veteran, wore the same boots she wore while serving in Somalia in 1993 as she made her way through Logansport on March 26 as part of her March the District campaign. She’s planning to travel to and march in all 16 counties included in Indiana’s 4th Congressional District this week.
‘I want solutions,’ Beck said.
Statement from Tobi Beck on DCS Progress Report
“As a foster parent who has cared for children coming out of a home with addiction issues, I know first-hand how devastating it can be for our most vulnerable children to find a lack of support from the Department of Child Services. In my own experience, I have seen cases significantly delayed due to overwhelmed staff, necessary resources that never arrive, and foster parents regularly forced to spend out-of-pocket to cover basic expenses or forced to go to court to ensure that their foster child receives what that kid needs.
These preliminary findings are no surprise. While I know DCS staff to be hard-working, and the former director worked to try to modernize and improve this agency, the fact of the matter is that this is a multi-layered problem that requires a multi-layered response – we need both state and federal action to ensure that Indiana’s child welfare system is no longer a trap of inefficiency and failed delivery of services. We must ensure that our state is taking action while Congress builds an infrastructure for programs aimed at helping parents who are struggling with addiction and the children who are suffering. We are witnessing the results of years of neglect of this agency and failure to act – let’s work together to fix this for Indiana’s struggling families and children.”
Get Me a Yard Sign: Wave of Support Grows
for Tobi Beck in Tippecanoe
Tobi Beck endorsed by West Lafayette City Council President
and Tippecanoe Leaders
West Lafayette, IN – Congressional candidate Tobi Beck was endorsed by a number of Tippecanoe County leaders last week, on the heels of a successful Town Hall in West Lafayette. With the growing support of Tippecanoe’s activists and political leaders, the community is coming together to back Beck.
“I am honored to be endorsed by each of these incredible individuals. Peter Bunder, the West Lafayette City Council President, has been a tireless and tenacious advocate for West Lafayette. Lisa Dullum’s activism has been inspiring – she makes our community better every day. Erica Beumel’s hard work and accomplishments as a small business owner and as a candidate serves as a reminder to us all what we can do when determinated. I am humbled to have received the support of these leaders, and I look forward to working with them as we move Tippecanoe County forward,” said Tobi Beck.
“Wouldn’t it be nice to be proud of our congressperson? Strong. Smart. New. Tobi Beck would be a real change from the shrill, mean, ideologues who claim our Hoosier values in Washington. Get me a yard-sign,” said Peter Bunder, West Lafayette City Council President.
“Tobi Beck will work to grow our middle class, lift up working families, and ensure the protections and rights in our constitution for all Hoosiers. She has spent the last year traveling throughout district 4 listening to Hoosiers and finding solutions where everyone can benefit. I strongly encourage you to not only get out and vote this May and this November, and make sure that we have representation that keeps the best interests of Hoosier at heart,” said Lisa Dullum, founding member and President of Greater Lafayette Indivisible, state coordinator for Indivisible Indiana, and Tippecanoe County Council candidate for the 4th District.
“Tobi Beck is a passionate listener whom I endorse for the 4th Congressional District Representative. Her integrity is beyond reproach. She is a loving wife and foster parent, a combat veteran, an experienced security and technology professional, and much more. Tobi Beck is hardworking and wants to continue fighting for us. She is standing strong for everyone’s rights, working to end divisiveness and to create a better future,” said Erica Beumel, small business owner and Tippecanoe County Council Candidate for the 2nd District.
By Ryan Chen • 1/29/2018
A former member of the 571st Military Police Company with the United States Military, Beck now resides in Avon, Indiana, with her husband, two cats and a giant schnauzer.
Having attended the University of South Florida, worked in Silicon Valley and lived in the D.C. area, what could’ve made Beck choose Indiana?
“I’m choosing Indiana because it’s cool,” Beck said. “I like the seasons, I like the people — well, we need a little help with our politics.”
By Marisa Kwiatkowski • 12/18/2017
Tobi Beck, an Indiana foster parent who also is a Democratic candidate for Congress, said children will suffer if Indiana values savings over kids.
“As a foster mom, I have seen what cost-cutting at the expense of children and their foster families can do: children unable to visit a doctor or receive the treatment or help that they need because the Department of Child Services claims not to have the funds; a computer system so desperately outdated that funding for children is often lost or delayed; and foster parents compelled to turn to a judge to enforce court-ordered services,” Beck said Monday in a statement. “All only to turn around over $300 million in savings.”
Tobi Beck made a stop in her campaign trail for Congress in Lafayette Sunday.
Beck is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for U.S. Congress in the 4th District. Supporters gathered outside of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse to listen to her speak.
The campaign kicked off in Danville. Beck said a big focal point of her campaign is minimizing the divide in our country.
“Recognize that diversity is our strength, recognize that we can work together to build the best possible solutions for everybody, that’s where our government should be and it’s not where our government is today and that’s why I want to go to Washington to represent the Hoosiers to build the stronger peace that benefits everybody,” said Beck.
By Brynn Tannehill • 8/18/2017
Lieutenant Colonel McGrath isn’t the only warrior woman running for Congress in 2018. Tobi Beck is running as a Democrat in the 4th Congressional District in Indiana. Beck was a captain in the Army reserves who deployed to Somalia, and returned to the US just before the events depicted in “Black Hawk Down.” She’s also a top level fighter (signified by wearing a white belt, the highest possible rank in the sport) in a full contact armored martial art. To put it in context how exclusive of company she is in, in the 50-year history of the sport more women have orbited the earth than have earned a white belt in her martial art. She wrote about her experiences as a woman competing against men in a contact sport in her book, “The Armored Rose.”
Oh, and she has a Doctorate in Religious Philosophy and a Juris Doctorate from Concord University too. Lieutenant Colonel McGrath was a professor at the Naval Academy prior to retiring. This generation of warrior women are scholars, writers, mothers, and philosophers, which separates them from those who only fight.
Project 100 aims to elect 100 progressive women to Congress by 2020. Their platform “gives everyday activists the tools they need to find and support the strongest candidates running so that women who deserve to lead can gain the backing they need to win.”
What does Project 100 have to say about Tobi?
“Tobi is running for Congress to get things done by listening, building, and understanding. She has served her community throughout her career, including service in the Military Police Unit and Army Reserve.”