The campaign finance director for Republican mayoral candidate Paula Hughes might one day turn up on a ballot herself if participation in a leadership program for GOP women is any indication.
Brenda Gerber is among 22 women from 15 counties, and the only applicant from northeast Indiana, accepted for the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.
Allen County women who have completed the program in recent years include former Allen County Councilwoman Hughes; City Councilwoman Liz Brown, who ran against Hughes in the spring mayoral primary election; and Linda Buskirk, GOP mayoral candidate in 1999 and 2003.
"I am thrilled to be selected, and I do have an interest in running for office someday," Gerber told Political Notebook.
Gerber has been Hughes' campaign finance director for nearly a year. She is a former executive director for Fort Wayne Center for Learning and has worked in sales for Fort Wayne-based handbag manufacturer Vera Bradley Designs Inc.
The non-profit leadership program, named for and affiliated with Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., was founded in 1990 and is based in Indianapolis. The class meets monthly for nine months and has sessions with government and political officials, lobbyists, media representatives and Lugar himself.
The program's mission is to "increase the number and influence of Hoosier Republican women in elected and appointed governmental and political positions at the local, state and federal levels."