Editor’s note: All candidates running for office in the Nov. 6 election were invited to submit a brief biography of themselves or a message to voters. Below are the responses from those who chose to participate.
Richard Mourdock - R
Richard Mourdock spend 30 years managing businesses in the energy, construction, and environmental industries. He has served as Indiana state treasurer since 2007 and as a Vanderburgh County commissioner from 1995 to 2002. He’s also a licensed professional geologist.
He and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Evansville.
“Our nation is facing a crisis caused by overspending and debt that threatens to cripple our economy for generations. To turn our economy around and to create opportunities, we must do in Washington what Gov. Daniels and I have done here in Indiana — cut spending, balance the federal budget, and shrink the size of government. We also need to simplify our tax code, cut unneccessary and burdensome regulations, and replace Obamacare with patient-driven reforms that will actually cut health costs.
“As a state treasurer, I have been a part of restoring Indiana’s fiscal health. I helped our state earn over $1.3 billing in investment income for Hoosier taxpayers. We dramatically expanded the number of college savings accounts for Hoosiers and made it easier for employees to purchase their companies to keep those jobs in Indiana.
“As a businessman for 30-plus years, I gained valuable private sector experience as well.”
Joe Donnelly - D
As a husband, father, and former small business owner, Joe Donnelly understands the Hoosier values of family, faith, and hard work. These values were instilled in Joe starting at a young age from his father, a small business owner, and his mother, a homemaker.
Joe met his wife, Jill, while in college in South Bend. They got married in 1979 and raised their two children, Molly and Joe Jr., in northern Indiana, in the home that Jill’s father helped build almost 30 years ago.