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Commissioner Receives High Recognition

(La Porte County, IN) - A local official is being recognized for her work in public service.


La Porte County Commissioner Sheila Matias is a finalist for the Northwest Indiana Influential Women’s Award. She will be recognized during a ceremony on the 30th of this month in Merrillville. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb will be the keynote speaker at the event.


In her third year as a La Porte County Commissioner, Matias is also a former mayor and city councilperson in Michigan City, Indiana. Currently, she heads the leadership institute of Purdue University Northwest and the Society of Innovators.


LaPorte County Democratic Party Chairman Dr. Vidya Kora cited her drive and experience along with care for people in his response to Matias’ recognition.


Matias said she is one of five finalists in the Economic Development/Government category of the competition, which has finalists in other categories like tourism and business.


“It’s a wonderful honor,” Matias said.

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