Indira Sheumaker prevailed in her quest for Ward 1 Des Moines City Council on Tuesday. It is a notable victory for Sheumaker, who released a statement last night saying her campaign ran “unapologetically” on defunding the police for safety and justice.
“With the Des Moines Police Department budget reaching nearly $80 million, Indira is committed to redirecting and prioritizing these funds to more comprehensively support safety and justice in Ward 1 and Des Moines at large,” the statement said.
Scheumaker’s statement said she will be the youngest member of the council and “by far the most revolutionary. She is the first black council member in Des Moines since Willie Glanton served in 1985, here statement said.
“We just won our campaign on a platform centered on defunding the police for safety and justice,” Sheumaker said. “It can be done. My goal for this city has always been to work from the bottom up, not the top down.”