Mother, Grandmother, Common Councilmember, Volunteer, Respiratory Therapist and Healthcare Leader

Deb and her late husband moved to Lawrence almost 30 years ago and raised their children in Lawrence Township schools. She has worked her entire career for Community Health Network, first as a respiratory therapist and currently as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She has a long a record of expanding services and care to diverse populations across Marion County.

Deb was inspired to run for local office after volunteering for Democratic campaigns during and after the 2016 election. She was elected to the Lawrence Common Council At-Large in 2019 and serves as Chair of the Public Safety Committee.

Deb currently serves as a Board Member at The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Indianapolis and the Fort Benjamin Harrison YMCA. She is also a member of The Links, Inc. and a former Board Member of Martin University. 

Deb's priorities as Mayor include bringing more growth and economic opportunities to Lawrence, working with public safety officials to keep our city safe, and making city spending more equitable so that we can effectively serve all of Lawrence—no matter your neighborhood or income. 

“I have lived in Lawrence for nearly 30 years. I’ve raised my children here and I care deeply about our city and its future. We have so many opportunities in our city—it’s time to come together and work hard to achieve our goals.

That’s what I will do as Mayor.”

— Deborah Whitfield


An Experienced & Compassionate Leader

Deb has the experience and vision to lead our city forward.

Moved to Lawrence and started a career in healthcare at Community Health Network, where Deb has been a respiratory therapist and currently is Director of Network Diversity.


Graduated from several leadership programs, including the United Way of Central Indiana Leadership Training, Diversity Leadership Academy of Greater Indianapolis, and the 2008 Lacy Leadership program.


Joined the YMCA Urban Mission Board of Directors.


Joined the Martin University Board of Directors.


Participated in several projects to benefit the community, including serving as a Founding Member of the African American Legacy Fund of Indianapolis, a Member of the National Association of Professional Women, Indianapolis Chapter, and as a Member of the Community Health Network Serve360° Council.


Joined the Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis Board of Directors, where she continues to currently serve.


Elected to the Lawrence Common Council after many years of service and outreach within the community.


Announced campaign to be the next Mayor of Lawrence. Project completion: November 2023. :)

I want to use my experience and my passion for public service to take the city of Lawrence to the next level as your Mayor.

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