Sondra Bolte

Sondra earned her MBA in Finance at Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 1981. Upon graduation, she came to Columbus to work for Cummins Inc. in Finance. Since then, Sondra has also worked in Human Resources and is currently the HR Director of Ethics Investigations, with worldwide responsibility. She has been involved in diversity and inclusion activity at Cummins for over 20 years.

Sondra was the recipient of the 2008 William R. Laws Human Rights Award for her volunteer work in Columbus. In support of healthy families, she served as president of Family Services, Inc. Board of Directors, and volunteered as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused and neglected children. Humanitarian endeavors include volunteering with the Empty Bowls dinner every year since its inception, as well as frequently participating with Housing Partners, Inc. to improve living conditions for needy families in the county. She has also worked with United Way and CECCF, the charity arm of Cummins Inc. in surrounding Southern Indiana counties.

In the arts, Sondra served as president of the Theatre Arts Guild Board for several years. She was also stage manager and even acted in some of the productions of Theatre Arts Guild and Mill Race Players. In service to the city and its many diverse members, she was a founding member and presently holds a leadership position with the Gay Straight Alliance of Columbus. She also is a co-founder and steering committee member of the Inclusive Community Coalition. She has been president of the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, and currently she is Secretary of the Board. 

In 2008 Sondra ran as a Democrat for one of three open seats on the Bartholomew County Council. This was her first time to run for political office and although she lost the race, she came in fourth out of six candidates and collected significantly more votes than any of the other defeated Democratic candidates.

Currently Sondra is running for a seat on the Columbus City Council in the November 2011 election. 

Sondra lives in Columbus with her partner of 10 years and has two daughters who grew up here in Columbus. She is the proud grandparent of four delightful children. She enjoys running, biking, gardening, Sudoku and just about any home improvement project. Sondra also won 4 gold medals at the Gay Games VII in Chicago in 2006. Sondra’s website is www.vote4sondra.com.


 Sondra began her political involvement at age 18 when she volunteered for and was privileged to meet presidential candidate Sen. Robert Kennedy. In the late 60’s, she campaigned around Indiana towns for Lee Hamilton for Congress. Sondra recently served as the Secretary of the Bartholomew County Central Committee of the Democratic Party.