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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.


Purdue Exponent: US House candidate hopes to ride ‘blue wave’ to victory

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.”

Read the full story at the Purdue Exponent.

IndyStar: Indiana Democrats demand investigation into DCS director’s claims

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.”

Read the full story at the IndyStar. 

Huffington Post: Warrior Women Are The Role Models We Need

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.

Read the full story at the Huffington Post. 

Project 100 Endorses Tobi Beck!

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.”

Check out the full Project 100 profile here.