Another candidate is tossing her hat in the ring for Noblesville mayor.
Julia Church Kozicki announced her candidacy Wednesday afternoon, making her the second candidate to officially announce a campaign in next May’s Republican primary to replace longtime Mayor John Ditslear, who is not seeking re-election.
Ditslear’s current term expires in 2019, and the primary will be held May 7, 2019. Ditslear, 75, a Republican, was first elected in 2003 and was re-elected to his fourth term in November 2015.
Noblesville City Council President Chris Jensen officially launched his campaign in June.
Kozicki is a Noblesville native who serves on the Noblesville School Board. She was first elected to the position in 2006 and won re-election bids in 2010 and 2014.
She has also served in other leadership roles in the community, including on the Hamilton County Leadership Academy.
She is legal counsel for Sigma Kappa Sorority’s national headquarters in Carmel.
She has also served as a three-time chair of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Indiana State Bar Association and as the Region 5 Director of the Indiana School Board Association. She represented Noblesville precincts 1 through 20 at the 2018 Indiana State Republican Convention.
“I am convinced that now is time for proven leadership in Noblesville with a fresh vision for our future and a respect for our city’s history,” she said in written comments. “I believe in a proactive approach to growth and a collaboration among community leaders, organizations and citizens to identify and provide the resources necessary to support a thriving community.”
Kozicki is an Indiana University and Loyola University Chicago School of Law graduate.
She and her husband, Jeff, have two sons.
“My campaign will be run in a positive and transparent manner,” Kozicki said. “As with my three previous campaigns for school board, I will not accept donations from companies that do business with the city. I will commit to a positive discussion of the issues that face us.”
Kozicki’s platform for her campaign includes:
- Establishing closer collaborative cooperation between schools, the city and the community.
- Reviewing current city ordinances with the goal of reducing unfair, unnecessary burdens of both time and cost.
- Establishing a neighborhood roundtable to create open dialogue of issues and solutions between the city and its neighborhoods.
- Supporting downtown business owners and residents and addressing the parking needs of a vibrant downtown.
- Believing that on a long-term economic development and cultural/historic level, the decision to disable the Nickle Plate Railroad south of Conner Street is not the best decision for Noblesville. Kozicki said she'll work to rescind this decision.
- Proactively planning for growth and managing it during this critical time to ensure that the end results benefit the community and not just developers.