Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN


November 1, 2012

2012 Candidate profiles


He is a proud father to three children who all attend Avon Community Schools.

Pete plans to build on his OMB experience by integrating results-based performance measures into the budget development process. He is a supporter of recent K-12 education reforms, but recognizes the need to monitor their ongoing implementation for success. Pete believes there should be increased focus on job training for adults, particularly those without college degrees. He believes government’s economic role is to establish a fair, equitable environment and then get out of the way to allow the private sector to thrive.

He wants to scale back the state’s participation in federal programs which come with strings attached and only add to our national debt.

Lastly, Pete will post a transparent record of all his legislative activities online.


Charles Albert Bender - D


Charles Bender was born and raised in the Midwest, then lived, worked, and traveled abroad. He graduated from public schools with B.S. in math, B.S. in biology, and M.S. in statistics. He attended graduate school on a National Institutes of Health full scholarship.

He and his wife Sheri have been married for 46 years and have two adopted children.

Bender enlisted in U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam war measuring radiation effects on humans. He worked 41 years in IBM sales, technology, and management. In that position he has led projects with tight schedules, long hours, and international teams with max profits. He has managed corporate and family finances, and received 27 business awards.

His experience includes publishing his master’s degree thesis; developing U.S. government regulations on early TV/CRT radiation shielding; documenting the beneficial effects of low-level radiation saving wasted food; enforcing corporate multi-million dollar, multi-year budget management; leading diverse international teams satisfying multiple, sometimes conflicting goals; leading missions to poor, disadvantaged families in Appalachia; and owning a green construction company and women’s accessory sales business.

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