Sabrina Haake—Statement of Candidacy

Sabrina’s bio-in-brief

Attorney for 26 years. 

14 years in federal litigation- US District Court ND Illinois, US Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit.  12 years in corporate law- industrial, manufacturing, General Counsel to Marbo, Inc. (Tampico) University of Southern Indiana graduate.

Indiana University School of Law- McKinney graduate.

Studied law in Shanghai, China- East China Institute of Politics and Law.

Published in constitutional law, antitrust law, and civil rights.

Outstanding federal litigation record- public information through Pacer.gov.

Lifetime spent on animal rescue, anti-cruelty advocacy, and feeding the homeless.

Lead the fight in Gary to outlaw 24/7 tethering (where dogs live out their lives on chains). 

Founder, Gary Animal Rescue Coalition.  https://garyanimalwelfare.org

Drafted, advocated to amend Gary’s non-discrimination policy to include LGBTQ. Senior advisor to Mayor Jerome Prince transition team, Gary Indiana.

Trauma survivor. House rehabber.

Sabrina’s Platform Focuses on Increasing Union Wage Jobs in NWI

Sabrina wants to bring the fastest growing sector of the US economy to NW Indiana- renewable energy.  Her plan is to dramatically increase the number of union-wage jobs in NWI through expansion of manufacturing and construction jobs.  

The global wind economy is extremely profitable and is projected to exceed one trillion dollars.  https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikescott/2019/10/26/offshore-wind-could-be-a-1-trillion-energygiantwith-the-right-support/#195cb7893a50.  Sabrina believes Northwest Indiana’s proximity to steel, rail, air, and a major shipping port makes NWI the nation’s prime location for manufacturing wind and solar components made of steel such as rotor blades, shafts, gearboxes, nacelles, towers, foundation plates, pv panels, casings, fittings and generators, as well as turbine assembly.  Her plan will also increase the number of construction based union jobs in NWI through a renewable energy infrastructure build-out.

Similar to the WPA, Sabrina advocates for a nationally coordinated response to climate change to employ federal emergency resources and create a renewable energy workforce to upgrade the grid, assess connectivity and transport issues, and build and install lucrative renewable energy projects similar to those in White, Benton and Marion counties.  She proposes partnering with existing utilities and initiatives to map out a viable conversion plan over the next ten years, which will create: 

  • Thousands of union-wage construction jobs to build, install and provide ongoing maintenance for wind turbines and solar panels. 

  • Increased demand for domestic steel that is regionally produced.

  • Thousands of union-wage manufacturing jobs in regional wind turbine and solar pv panel production.

She also wants to provide federal resources to domestic steel for R&D for infrastructure upgrades over the next 20 years, to prevent US steel from facing a competitive cost disadvantage from foreign steel produced entirely from renewable energy such as hydrogen.  She believes the US must keep abreast of conversion technologies to prevent steel manufacturers in Germany, Sweden, Japan, and China from gaining a competitive advantage, and federal resources must be deployed in the effort given the cost.

NWI: Off The Grid

The final piece of Sabrina’s economic plan is marketing the region to reflect its greening initiatives.  As a former trademark licensing atty., she wants to re-brand the region with messaging consistent with going green to attract millennials, build the tax base, and build on existing efforts to promote ecotourism- with billions in earnings potential for the region.  Sabrina’s regional rebranding components include:

  • Building a solar highway* from Chicago to Michigan City similar to the one in South Korea between Daejeon and Sejong. https://renewsable.net/2017/06/28/south-korean-bikehighway-solar-panels-stretching-20-miles/

  • Strategic placement with signage of one or two wind turbines along I 90/94, to signal the region’s commitment to clean energy.

  • Marketing NWI: Off the Grid with photos, ads and commercials illustrating NWI’s natural habitats, wetlands, natural bogs, lakeshore, oak savannahs, and dunes.

  • Partnering with the National Park Service and the nation’s newest national park to promote the entire region as an eco-tourism and ecological preservation destination.

  • Partnering with expanded South Shore line to feature trip promotions between Chicago and natural destinations in the region, including parks, bike paths, and natural trail systems.

  • Strategic placement of electric golf cart rentals near South Shore exit points, to reinforce green conversion and to encourage local tourism and exploration.

  • Installation of electric vehicle charging stations along I90/94.

© Sabrina Haake 2020