Two To Run For Open State Senate Seat

Amy Roe

ROCHESTER – Amy A. Roe, who was born and raised in Fulton County, has decided to participate in the Sept. 9 caucus as a candidate for the open seat vacated by Senator Randy Head.

Roe ran for an at-large seat on Rochester City Council during this past primary. Although she was unable to unseat the incumbents, she is not discouraged in entering the field of candidates for Head’s seat, according to a news release from her campaign.

“I was born for public service,” Roe said, adding her recent participation at “Campaign Institute,” hosted by Advancing Voices of Women, reaffirmed this belief. “I have determined no one will actually fill Senator Head’s shoes. I have the utmost respect for him; he is passionate, talented, and every time he gets up to speak you can tell that it comes from the depths of his soul. Whoever is chosen will never truly be able to fill his shoes, but somebody has to carry on his legacy. I feel that I have the strategic mindset, regional connections and passion to give it my best shot.”

Roe said she has been blessed with exposure to each county in her district either professionally, personally, educationally or civically. This experience and connections in each county will assist her in doing the job effectively.

The news release states that Roe’s “professional and educational experiences have produced impressive results due to her incredible skill level at team building, organizational leadership, policy writing, program development, communication facilitating and the ability to work with tough issues and individuals of all walks of life.”

Conversations that Roe has had the opportunity to facilitate include:

• Transforming workforce development which resulted in the creation of legislation during her time in South Carolina.

• Improving public education as the executive director of Fulton County Chamber of Commerce.

• Creating programs to help with substance use disorders and mental health as the president of Futon County HOPE.

These issues will be top priority for Roe if she obtains the Senate Seat.

More information about Roe can be found on her website In addition,  follow her campaign by following her on Facebook at

Jeffery P. Staker

Jeffery P. Staker announced he has decided to participate in the upcoming caucus as a candidate for the open seat vacated by Senator Randy Head.

A lifelong Hoosier born and raised in Fort Wayne, he and his wife Jean have five children and six grandchildren.

His military career includes 1983-1994, active duty USMC, infantryman, scout sniper, drill instructor; 1994-1997, Indiana Army  National Guard, infantryman, instructor of Basic and Advance NCO School at the Indiana State Military Academy; 1997-2004, Indiana Air National Guard, air/crash fire rescue, first responder, hazardous material trainer of trainers, retired.

Since leaving active duty in 1994, he has been employed as a Department of Defense security police (1994-1997) and a DoD firefighter (1997-2018, retired) at Grissom Air Force Base in Miami County, where he and his wife have lived for 25 years.

Currently, he is a real estate appraiser and realtor. He volunteers his time with the Boy Scouts, teaching various classes in basic first aid and outdoors skills.

He is a member of the American Legion, AMVETS, DAV and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2067 in Peru where he served as an assistant chaplain. He is the Post judge advocate and a trustee. He is the founder of Hoosier Veterans for Medical Cannabis Inc., a nonprofit organization formed to educate and inform the public of an alternative to combat the country’s and state’s overdose epidemic.

A news release from Staker states, “Though it may appear that I am lacking in obvious political credentials for this position, I would like to outline a few campaigns I have personalty fought for: I have gathered concern parents and petitioned the North Miami School Board against inappropriate conduct of a faculty member. Along with neighboring residents, I petitioned our county commissioners to improve road surfacing and upgrades. I have assisted homeowners and businesses with over-inflated tax assessments. I have written and successfully passed resolutions through all the Indiana Departments of the American Legion, VFW and AMVETS at their conventions {these represent over a half a million of our state’s veterans}.”

He said he wants to put people first, be a servant leader and take action for the voice of the people. He has “never been afraid to speak up and fight when my cause is just,” he states.