Specific Response Registry Form:
The Specific Response Registry is a voluntary registry that is designed to provide advanced notice to emergency response personnel (including, but not limited to, Carmel Fire Department, Carmel Police Department, and Hamilton County Public Safety Communications (9-1-1 dispatch)) of a Resident that may have difficulty leaving a residence quickly in the event of an emergency or that may require a specific response from emergency response personnel.
Laura Campbell began her second term on the city council in January 2020. Laura served as council vice president in 2019 before becoming council president in 2020, served as the council’s representative on the Carmel Plan Commission from 2018-2019, and has also served as Chair of the Land Use and Special Studies Committee. She was first elected to the council in 2016 to represent the Northwest District which was the fastest-growing district in the city. After the council went through a redistricting process, she ran for election in 2019 to represent the North District which includes most of the previous Northwest District.
Laura graduated from the Carmel Citizens Police Academy in 2010 and completed the Hamilton County Fire Ops program in October 2015. Laura worked with the Carmel Fire Department to create the Specific Response Registry, an opt-in registry that allows residents to notify first responders of any physical or mental health issue that would make it difficult for the resident to leave their home in an emergency.
In 2019, months of research and work by Laura resulted in the Carmel Advisory Committee on Disability being approved by the council with unanimous support. As the mother of a daughter with epilepsy and cognitive disabilities, Laura worked to create a committee that would initially focus on three issues affecting people with disabilities: Accessibility, Employment, and Social Connections. Laura wants to ensure that people with disabilities feel welcomed and included in the city, and the committee will work on initiatives throughout the year to ensure that the city is inclusive and accessible to all residents.
Laura was born in Connecticut, and lived in New Jersey for a number of years before her family moved to Carmel in 1977. She is a graduate of Carmel High School, and graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism. During her high school and college years, Laura had planned on leaving Carmel and living back on the east coast, but after graduation, she took a job promoting the city of Indianapolis while living in Carmel.
Although Laura lived in Marion County for a few years, she came back to live in Carmel in 2001 when she married her husband Rick. Rick is Judge of Hamilton County Superior Court 4. Laura has a daughter and two sons, and her son Ben attends Carmel High School and is active in Dads Club sports. She is a member of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church.
Active in politics, Laura serves as Chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party. Prior to becoming Chairman, Laura previously served as Executive Director and then Vice Chairman of the Republican Party, and has been a precinct committeeman since 2002. Laura also has worked in commercial real estate marketing, and in public relations.
Having worked in marketing on city image campaigns, Laura understands that Carmel is competing with other cities on a national basis for corporate headquarters, businesses, and families who want a safe community to live in, with low taxes, great schools, and amenities. Continuing to make our community attractive for businesses and families is a top priority for Laura.