Media Relations, pr writing

Press Release – Shelbyville’s Mayor DeBaun to Run for Third Term

The following press release was written during my time as an intern with HWC Engineering. 


Shelbyville, Ind. (July 1,2018) – Mayor Tom DeBaun has announced his intention to run for a third mayoral term, having first been elected as the mayor of Shelbyville in 2011.

In his third term, Mayor DeBaun intends to move forward with the redevelopment of the former Major Hospital site and complete the downtown revitalization. He also plans to continue growing the trail infrastructure and expand programming at Advantage Shelby County and Early Learning Shelby County.

A lifelong resident of Shelbyville, Mayor DeBaun cares deeply for the well-being of the town. “Decisions made on every governmental level impacts all citizens – including myself and my family,” he says.

Mayor DeBaun’s first term was spent organizing the city’s finances and charting a path of fiscal responsibility and sustainability. He also strengthened relationships with the County Council and the County Commissioners, which resulted in the then Indiana Association of Cities and Towns awarding Shelbyville the 2014 Intergovernmental Cooperation award.

The creation and implementation of a trail system, the advancement of public art and the creation of programs such as Advantage Shelby County are among the list of accomplishments from Mayor DeBaun’s second term. Mayor DeBaun believes the best way to end generational poverty and cultivate a skilled workforce is through quality educational initiatives.

DeBaun served as plan commission director of the city of Shelbyville from 1993 to 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Franklin College of Indiana and is a graduate of Southwestern High School.

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Interested voters may visit Mayor DeBaun’s Facebook page for more information:


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