— On the ballot
The following candidates are running for office in the Nov. 2, 2010, General Election.
All candidates were invited to introduce themselves by submitting information about themselves to the Hendricks County Flyer for publication.
D = Democrat, R = Republican, L = Libertarian, I = Independent, and W = Write-In (a write-in candidate’s name does not appear on the ballot)
Brad Ellsworth Ñ D
As the 8th District’s Congressman, Brad Ellsworth is continuing his career-long commitment to put Hoosiers first.
In Congress, he is a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and is working to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars. He also sits on the Armed Services, Agriculture, and Small Business Committees.
Before coming to Congress, Brad spent 24 years in the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s office, protecting the people of southwest Indiana. He was twice decorated for heroism in the line of duty and graduated from the FBI National Academy. In 1998, Brad was elected Vanderburgh County Sheriff, where he completed two terms.
Brad was born and raised in southern Indiana. He grew up in Evansville; attending the University of Southern Indiana and Indiana State University.
Brad and his wife, Beth, reside in Evansville. Together they have a daughter, Andrea.
Dan Coats Ñ R
A graduate of Wheaton College, Dan Coats began his service to our nation in the U.S. Army before working for a Fort Wayne life insurance company and then moving to Indianapolis to work and attend Indiana University School of Law, where he received his J.D. and was associate editor of the Law Review. After completing his studies at IU, he served on the district staff of then-Congressman Dan Quayle and later served in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.
As a legislator, Dan voted to cut taxes and limit spending Ñ including new energy taxes Ñ and helped reduce the deficit through spending cuts and entitlement reforms, all issues he continues to champion today. He also focused on defense and national security issues, having served on the Senate Armed Services Committee and Select Committee for Intelligence, and advocated for a number of defense reforms and transformation initiatives.
Dan stepped down from the Senate, honoring a term-limits pledge in 1999. He then joined former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole as special counsel with the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand.
In 2001, he was named ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. His second day on the job was Sept. 11, 2001. As ambassador, he played a critical role in establishing robust relations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and in the construction of a new U.S. Embassy in the heart of Berlin next to the Brandenburg Gate.
He has since worked at the law firm of King & Spalding.
Dan and his wife, Marsha, formed The Foundation For American Renewal to continue their engagement in faith-based initiatives. They are the parents of three grown children and the grandparents of seven.
Rebecca Sink-Burris Ñ L
Rebecca Sink-Burris was born in Indianapolis, but now resides in Bloomington. She and her husband Mark are the parents of Matthew and Lauren.
Sink-Burris earned a B.A. in fine arts from Indiana University in 1974, while carrying a 3.3 grade point average.
She has been an instructor at Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) since 1988. From 1991 to 2006 she was owner of Outcrop Pony Farm. She taught at Bloomington Montessori School from 1987 to Ô97, and in the Martinsville School System from 1974 to Ô80.
Since 2006 she has served as a representative on the Libertarian National Committee. She was vice-chair of the Libertarian Party of Indiana from 2001 to Ô03 and again from 2005 to Ô06, and secretary party from 2003 to Ô05. She was a candidate for secretary of state in 2002, a candidate for U.S. Senate in 1998, and a candidate for the Indiana State House of Representatives, District 61, in Ô96.
Sink-Burris was a board member of the Bloomington Montessori School from 1987 to Ô91, a member of the Bloomington Fire Safety Commission from 1999 to 2000 and chairman of the commission in 2000, and served as fundraising chair of the White River Valley United States Pony Club in 2001.
Jim Miller Ñ W
Jack Rooney Ñ W
SECRETARY OF STATE
Vop Osili Ñ D
Vop Osili is a founding partner and president of an architectural design practice in Indianapolis. Vop and his team of architects and designers have designed and overseen projects not only in Indiana and around the U.S. but also around the world. As an architect, he is trained to turn possibilities into successful realities and it is this vision that he will bring to the office of the Secretary of State. Vop has an innate understanding of the power of collaboration and knows firsthand the resulting success from bringing together the best minds to solve a problem.
In addition to designing and overseeing successful projects, Vop has also served as an important infrastructure and design resource to government leaders around the world, including members of the U.S. Congress, the State of Indiana and local government officials. For example, Vop has served as a commissioner to the State of Indiana’s former Fire and Building Services Commission; as chair of one of Indianapolis’ Boards of Zoning Appeals; and, as a co-chair of Indianapolis’ Urban Design Oversight Committee.
Vop has worked tirelessly on elections, serving as treasurer to a U.S. Representative’s federal PAC, supporting numerous Democratic candidates’ bids for office, and working on statewide candidates’ campaigns in financing and strategy.
In addition, Vop has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the educational, arts and cultural opportunities in his community by serving as a trustee and board member of a number of non-profit organizations that impact and positively shape the lives of Hoosiers. He has also served for many years as a mentor to countless young people, encouraging them to excel in their gifts and live up to their potential.
Vop obtained his bachelor of architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., and his masters in architecture and urban design from Columbia University in New York City.
Vop resides in downtown Indianapolis with his wife, Una, his 9-year-old son, Arinze, and his 1-year-old daughter, Tasia.
Charlie White Ñ R
Charlie White spent more than nine years serving on the Fishers Town Council and has served as a leader to oversee the town’s unprecedented growth, both economically and in population.
Charlie has practiced family law, served as an attorney for a small, family-owned business, and served as a judge pro-tem for Superior and Magistrate courts. Charlie’s dedication to the rule of law continued as assistant director and special counsel for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. He served as lead counsel on the purchase of the water wells in the former Charlestown Indiana Army Ammunition Plant in Clark County, to help spur much needed economic development in Southern Indiana.
In his role at the DNR, he assisted in the development of new bike trails across Indiana. He has also served as the liaison for the Parks and Recreations Department for the town of Fishers. He worked with the Hamilton County Purdue Cooperative Extension Board to oversee the county’s fairgrounds and ensure 4-H students had access to top notch facilities. Through his work on the Great Lakes Compact “Rules and Regulations” Committee, Charlie worked on ways to ensure a clean and safe regional plan for water resources. Charlie enjoys the outdoors, and is a proud member of the National Rifle Association.
Education: Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso (J.D); Wabash College, Crawfordsville (B.A.); Bar Admissions: Indiana, 1995.
Mike Wherry Ñ L
Mike Wherry lives in Greenfield.
AUDITOR OF STATE
Sam Locke Ñ D
Sam Locke is a lifelong Democrat. His grandfather, also named Sam, is the former Fayette County and long-time 9th Congressional District Chairman. His grandmother, Janet Wright, is the former clerk, auditor, and recorder of Union County.
Sam was born and raised in Connersville, the son of Jeff Locke and Janice Steele Locke, and graduated from Connersville Senior High School. He went on to attend Indiana University in Bloomington on a ROTC scholarship and graduated with a B.S. in secondary education and B.A. in political science before being commissioned an officer in the U.S. Air Force.
Sam earned his master of public administration degree from the University of Wyoming while serving in the Air Force at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base.
After leaving the military, Sam has helped generate more than $20 million as a fundraiser, consultant, and operations manager in the non-profit industry. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the American Legion, and an Eagle Scout.
He is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana, the Indiana University I-Association, a lifetime member of the Indiana University Alumni Association, and a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.
Additionally, Sam is the current treasurer of the Floyd County Democratic Central Committee and chairman of the 9th Congressional District Young Democrats.
Sam and his wife Kara live in Floyds Knobs.
Tim Berry Ñ R
Elected Indiana’s 54th State Auditor in November of 2006, taking office Jan. 1, 2007, Tim Berry serves as the chief financial officer for the State of Indiana.
As Allen County treasurer, Berry cut budget expenditures to the lowest cost per capita of any treasurer in Indiana. During his tenure as State Treasurer, Tim returned 12 percent of his budget appropriation back to the state general fund, and since taking office as State Auditor , he has cut office expenditures 3.8 percent from prior levels. Berry’s office is already on track in fiscal year 2010 to return over 12 percent of his budget appropriation back to the state general fund.
Under the leadership of Tim Berry, in late fall of 2009 Indiana successfully implemented a fully integrated financial system Ñ the first of its kind for all of Indiana government, providing more efficient and transparent government operations. Additionally, Indiana’s annual financial reports have received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Ñ the highest standard available Ñ from the Government Finance Officers Association each year of BerryÕs tenure as State Auditor.
Tim Berry is a graduate of Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, and a life-long member of Trinity English Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne. He serves as treasurer of the Fishers Youth Hockey Association and is an active Òhockey dad.Ó Tim holds a bachelorÕs degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), and a MBA from Indiana University.
Tim and his wife Kim are the parents of two sons: Ian, a student at Craig Middle School, and Colin, a student at Forest Glen Elementary School in Lawrence Township. Since 2001 Kim has served as the state director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Eric Knipe Ñ L
TREASURER OF STATE
Pete Buttigieg Ñ D
With a unique background and range of experience, Peter Buttigieg (pronounced ÒBoota-judgeÓ) is running for Indiana State Treasurer to bring new energy, fresh ideas, and independent leadership to the Statehouse.
As IndianaÕs next state treasurer, PeteÕs top priority will be to help create good paying jobs by investing our tax dollars in Hoosier businesses and communities. He will serve as a watchdog, protecting taxpayers from risky Wall Street schemes while insisting that banks treat consumers fairly.
And Pete will fight to keep taxes low by using common sense to invest and spend state money more responsibly.
The son of educators, Pete grew up in South Bend, where the value of education, hard work, and giving back to the community was instilled in him at an early age. He was valedictorian of his high school class and went on to earn a degree from Harvard before studying economics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Before leaving his job to campaign full-time, PeteÕs career as a businessman took him across the country and around the world. Providing analysis and insight to key decision-makers, he has worked in a variety of areas including economic development, retail strategy, energy and logistics.
While his career has mainly been in the private sector, Pete has always been committed to public service. He co-founded the Democratic Renaissance Project, an organization of young people dedicated to bringing new ideas into public debates, and serves as a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project. He has also worked on Capitol Hill, at NBC News in Chicago, and on congressional, gubernatorial, and presidential campaigns.
A past president of HarvardÕs Institute of Politics, PeteÕs views on youth civic engagement and international affairs have appeared on National Public Radio, on local television and radio, and in newspapers including the Boston Globe and New York Times.
Richard E. Mourdock Ñ R
Richard Mourdock was elected as the 53rd state treasurer in November 2006.ÊHe brought to the office a 30-year record as a business executive in the Hoosier energy, construction, and environmental industries.
Richard served two terms as a county commissioner in Vanderburgh County, where he gained a reputation as a results-oriented leader by setting goals and measuring progress.
Richard serves as IndianaÕs chief investment officer, where he seeks to maximize the return on the stateÕs investment portfolio, and serves on 13 boards and commissions in his official position.ÊFinally, Richard serves as the vice-chairman of the College Savings Plans Network and Midwest Region vice-president of the National Association of State Treasurers.
Recently, Richard was at the center of the national debate on the automobile industry bailout as he pursued a case on behalf of Indiana pensioners all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. As a result of the Chrysler case, Richard has frequently been cited for his willingness to stand up for the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution, and individual property rights.Ê
Richard holds a masterÕs degree in geology from Ball State University and a bachelorÕs degree from Defiance College in Ohio.
On a personal note, Richard is frequently sought as a speaker on the subject of Abraham Lincoln and middle 19th Century American politics.ÊHe has served on numerous Christian mission trips to Bolivia and is currently in training to run the Chicago Marathon on his 60th birthday ... in the very near future.ÊIt will be his ninth marathon.
Richard lives in Darmstadt, with his wife Marilyn.
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE (Distrist 4)
David Sanders Ñ D
David Sanders is a candidate for the office of U.S. Representative for the 4th Congressional District of Indiana, because he wishes to bring ethics to Washington and jobs to Indiana. David Sanders understands the frustration that many people feel with government and listens to their concerns. Fiscal responsibility, true public service, protection for Constitutional liberties, and respect for veterans are the cornerstones of his philosophy.
Many of the issues that face us as a society, such as affordable healthcare, climate change, energy choices, environmental challenges, or defense against weapons of mass destruction have a scientific or technological foundation. David Sanders is an accomplished scientist and therefore possesses a first-hand understanding of these issues. He believes in the value of research in both solving problems and providing the engine for economic progress.
He is a devoted father, community leader, long-term resident of the 4th District, and associate professor of biological sciences at Purdue University. He has a bachelor of science degree from Yale College in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in biochemistry.
He is holder of a U.S. patent on a novel gene-therapy delivery technique, National Science Foundation CAREER award recipient, and American Cancer Society research scholar.
Dr. SandersÕ work on the Ebola virus led to his participation in the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction AgencyÕs Biological Weapons Proliferation Prevention Program, a product of the Nunn-Lugar legislation. His responsibilities included inspecting the Vector laboratory in Siberia, which was the site of biological-weapons development in the era of the Soviet Union. He has investigated the transmission of viruses from other animals, especially birds, to humans and has been invited to speak on ethics, biodefense, evolution, gene therapy, vaccination and influenza viruses in public forums including regular interviews on WIBC in Indianapolis.
Todd Rokita Ñ R
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is a committed pro-life conservative, an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment, and a fiscal hawk with a proven record of accomplishment as Secretary of State. He runs his office on the same general fund dollars (unadjusted for inflation) that Evan Bayh did in 1987, but with improved service to Hoosiers.
He has traveled to each county in Indiana at least once every year while in office and is deeply familiar with the people and issues of the 4th District. He and his wife Kathy made the 4th District their home five years ago.
Todd believes government will work best and serve citizens most effectively if it is limited, and if it embraces commonsense innovations and modern technologies. He has effectively redefined and modernized the Secretary of StateÕs office to empower Hoosier investors, businesses, and voters like never before. He is committed to ensuring an open, collaborative approach to government and fostering IndianaÕs economic strength and prosperity for the future by getting government out of the way Ñ particularly of job-generating small business entrepreneurs.
As IndianaÕs chief election official, Todd has overseen Indiana elections during a decade that was among the most significant in terms of sweeping, innovative reforms in generations. Through his initiatives, Indiana has become a leader throughout the country in voting reform and legislation, and he is often invited by leaders in other states and members of Congress to speak on election security issues, and was elected by his peers to serve as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) from 2007-08.
After earning a bachelor of arts degree from Wabash College, where he had the distinction of being an Eli Lilly Fellow, he went on to obtain a law degree from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. After law school, he worked as a practicing attorney for several years before serving as general counsel to former Indiana Secretary of State Sue Anne Gilroy and later as Deputy Secretary of State.
The Rokitas reside on IndianapolisÕ west side, where they worship at St. Mary Parish.
John Duncan Ñ L
John Duncan lives in Lafayette.
STATE SENATOR (District 23)
Phillip L. Boots Ñ R
Phillip Boots resides in Crawfordsville.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE (District 28)
Jeffrey A. Thompson Ñ R
Jeff, a native of North Salem, has had the privilege of representing the citizens of House District 28 since 1998. He currently serves on the Ways and Means and Education committees.
A graduate of Purdue University, Jeff has been teaching physics, chemistry, and math at Danville Community High School for nearly 30 years. He has been actively involved in agriculture for more than 40 years; he especially enjoys helping his children with livestock and crop production 4-H projects.
His interest and ability in the area of finance has led to his serving as a member of the board of directors for the North Salem State Bank and assisting with the finances at Northview Christian Church. He and his wife have been working with the childrenÕs ministry at Northview for several years.
Prior to being elected State Representative, Jeff served as president of the Hendricks County and Indiana State Fair Boards. He is currently a member of Hendricks County Farm Bureau and the Purdue Alumni Association.
Jeff has served as our state representative since 1998.
He and his wife Michelle have six children ranging in age from 6 to 15.
James Rainwater Ñ L
James Rainwater resides in Lebanon.
Danny W. Shipley Ñ W
Danny Shipley is from Danville.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE (District 40)
Gregory E. Steuerwald Ñ R
Greg Steuerwald has served in the Indiana House of Representatives since 2007. He has served on the Government and Regulatory Reform Committee and the Courts and Criminal Code Committee
He earned a bachelor of science degree from Indiana State University in 1974, a masterÕs degree in criminal justice from the University of Alabama in Ô77, and a jurisprudence degree from Indiana University in Indianapolis in Ô81. He is a member of the Hendricks County and the Indiana State Bar Associations.
He attends Avon United Methodist Church and is a member of the Danville Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to attending law school, Steuerwald utilized his Masters in Criminal Justice by serving as a probation officer for two years. While attending Indiana University-Indianapolis, he served as an intern in the Hendricks County ProsecutorÕs Office. Upon graduation from law school, he joined the firm of Steuerwald, Zielinski & Witham and has been there since 1981.
In 1996, Mr. Steuerwald received the Hendricks County Outstanding Economic Development Award. He is a certified probation officer with the State of Indiana Department of Corrections. He is also a registered mediator, and received a certificate of recognition in family mediation training through the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum.
Rep. Steuerwald resides in Avon and has three grown children: Joshua Garver, D.D.S.; Jordan Gorgievski, and Adam Steuerwald.
David T. Hinkle IV Ñ L
David Hinle is a Brownsburg resident.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE (District 47)
Ralph M. Foley Ñ R
Ralph Foley resides in Martinsville.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE (District 91)
Timothy Huber Ñ D
Timothy Huber has lived in Decatur Township for the past 25 years.ÊTim has been a union carpenter for over 20 years where he serves as delegate of his local. He has coached T-ball, softball, and girlsÕ basketball in years past.Ê Tim has helped with the Decatur Central Marching Band and some of the sports teams at Decatur Middle School. He is the chairperson for the skating parties at Valley Mills Elementary. He is marriedÊ and has three children: ages 20, 13, and 10.ÊTim and his family attend Traders Point Church of Christ.
Timothy Huber stands for a fiscally sound government, strong education system, workersÕ rights, and job growth.
Timothy HuberÕs plan:
n Fiscally sound government Ñ Put automatic cuts in the budget when state taxes are coming in short. The first is to cut all state elected officesÕ pay by 10 percent. Secondly, the state would pay all interest on past due funds to local governments. Thirdly, when the state cuts taxes, we should not just shift the tax down line.
n Strong education system Ñ DonÕt cut funding while at the same time raising the bar. Second, student funding needs to be paid on student enrollment throughout the year, but control huge losses from any school system at one time.
n WorkersÕ rights Ñ All workers should have the right to organize. All workers should be able to get unemployment if they meet qualifications.
n Job growth Ñ Help with training and tax restructuring, but not causing hardships on local tax base.
Robert W. Behning Ñ R
Robert Behning resides in Indianapolis.
Matt Amormino Ñ L
Matt Amormino is a resident of Indianapolis.
Patricia Ann Baldwin Ñ R
Incumbent Hendricks County Prosecutor Patricia Ann Baldwin is unopposed in seeking re-election. After her graduation from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, Baldwin served as a deputy prosecutor in Boone and Hendricks counties before her election as Hendricks County prosecutor in 1994. In that role she is also director of the United Drug Task Force, a team of officers from the Hendricks County SheriffÕs Department, Brownsburg Police, Plainfield Police, and the Indiana State Police who concentrate on major drug dealing in the county.
Baldwin is a member of the Hendricks County Bar Association (past president), the Indiana Prosecuting AttorneyÕs Council, National District Attorneys Association, Hendricks County Safe School Committee, Hendricks County Association Against Domestic Violence, Hendricks County Republican Women (secretary and past president), and is a volunteer with the Hendricks County Museum, Hou Koda District of Boy Scouts of America, Leadership Hendricks County, and Youth Leadership Hendricks County.
During her tenure as prosecuting attorney, Baldwin has served on the boards of Cummins Mental Health, Youth as Resources of Hendricks County, and Catholic Social Services of the Archdioceses of Indianapolis. Other volunteer activities have included 4-H, Girl Scouts, being president of the Band and Guard Boosters at Danville Community High School, and many areas of service at her church, Mary, Queen of Peace. She has also been a guest lecturer at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
She has four children with her husband of 34 years, Jeffrey K. Baldwin. Their family has grown to include a daughter-in-law, son-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Paul T. Hardin Ñ R
I am a lifelong resident of Hendricks County. I have been married to my wife, Sandy, for 39 years and we have two adult sons, Chad and Corey.
I graduated from Plainfield High School, obtained a B.S. from Indiana University, and a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis. I have worked as a real estate broker, real estate developer, real estate appraiser, and attorney at law. I served as Hendricks County deputy prosecuting attorney from 1971-81, worked for Hendricks County Bank and Trust Company, served on the Hendricks County Council, and am currently serving as Hendricks County recorder.
I am a member of Plainfield Friends Meeting, Indiana State Bar Association, Hendricks County Bar Association, and Guilford Township Civic Association, as well as a trustee for Plainfield Elks Lodge No. 2186 and a board member of Friends Apartment Homes.
It is my goal to be a full-time elected county official in this important office and to bring to that office my lifelong experience as a Hendricks County businessman. Having experience as an attorney, Realtor, and real estate developer, I have the credentials necessary to serve in this office efficiently and effectively.
Thank you. Your support would be appreciated.
Dave Galloway Ñ R
Hendricks County Sheriff Dave Galloway is unopposed in seeking re-election to a second term. He recently celebrated his 40-year anniversary in law enforcement. Galloway served with the Boone County SheriffÕs Department for two years prior to joining the Brownsburg Police Department in 1971. He held every rank with the BPD before retiring in 2006 as chief of police. He was elected sheriff in 2006 and took office Jan. 1, 2007.
Sheriff Galloway has a B.S. degree in criminal justice from Indiana University, is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, the FBI National Academy, the Police ChiefÕs Executive Course, and the National SheriffÕs Institute. He also is a U.S. Army veteran with 21 years total service.
He retired from the Indiana Army National Guard in 2004 as a commissioned chief warrant officer and received several awards, including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation medal, Army Achievement Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was called to active duty during Desert Storm and the Bosnia Conflict. He also attended numerous military training courses.
Sheriff Galloway has enjoyed his first term in office and is looking forward to another successful four years.
David L. Gaston Ñ R
David Louis Gaston, 50, is running unopposed for re-election as county surveyor.
Gaston graduated from Cascade High School in 1978 and earned a bachelorÕs degree in business economics and public policy from Indiana University. He began working as a professional land surveyor for the State of Indiana in 1992 and became owner of Gaston Land Surveying in Ô95. He has served as Hendricks County Surveyor since July 24, 1998.
He is the current president of the County Surveyors Association of Indiana, served as central vice president from 2007-09, and as secretary-treasurer from 2001-07.
He has been a member of Hazelwood Christian Church since 1982 and has served as elder, chairman of the board, deacon, and adult Sunday school teacher.
Gaston and his wife Kathy were married May 7, 1983. They are the parents of four sons: Brandon Gaston, 21; Mitchell Gaston, 17; Logan Gaston, 12; and Reece Gaston, 10.
Gail L. Brown Ñ R
Gail Brown resides in North Salem.
COUNTY COMMISSIONER (District 1)
Robert L. Gentry Ñ R
Bob Gentry is a Pittsboro resident.
COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER (District 1)
Charles Bender Ñ D
IÊam Charles Bender, the Democratic partyÕs nominee for the Hendricks County Council. IÊbring aÊnew perspectiveÊwith old valuesÊto the council that controls costs, making sure the actions of the council are based on the right research and investigations, asking probing questions to make sure the citizens and the taxes they pay are considered foremost, and ensures transparency, making the workings of the council, its budgets, and decision-making available to the public in an open and transparent manner, in publications and on the Internet.
MyÊperspectiveÊis supported by my education and experience in handling multi-million dollar accounting, personnel, and value generation projects through careful management and creative problem solving; serving my country by enlisting in the military during the Vietnam era and helping provide health services at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center; involvement with local government and community organizations; and ownership of two small businesses.
I have enjoyed nearly 45 years of marriage to my wife, Sheri, raising two children and working hard to make sure they had all the opportunities I have enjoyed.
We are responsible for a road network of almost 800 miles and 214 bridges, and weÕre experiencing increased traffic volumes and increasing numbers of buildings, vehicles, and employees.
In the future, we have tough decisions to make Ñ balancing taxes, costs, and services Ñ demanding hard work by the council to fund and manage a growing and sophisticated organization.
Nancy Johnson Ñ R
Republican Nancy Johnson is seeking re-election to the District One seat on the Hendricks County Council.
Nancy, a widow, has four children and nine grandchildren. Her son Andrew is head of the social studies department at Avon High School.
She has earned an associateÕs degree at Cottey Junior College in Nevada, Mo., and took business classes at Indiana University. She is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Hendricks County and a graduate of the D.I.P.L.O.M.A. program of the Association of Indiana Counties. Nancy worked 23 years for RailroadmenÕs Federal S&L and Huntington National Bank.
She is a past president of the Rotary Club of Avon, a member of board of Hendricks County HistoricalÊ Museum, a member of Avon United Methodist Church, Solid Waste Board of Hendricks County, Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership, and P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic organization committed to womenÕs education.
During her first term, the council has been proactive and decisive in facing a variety of challenges. This effort has resulted in an over $3,000,000 decrease in the Hendricks County budget for 2010 without significantly decreasing services. With the cooperation of the Hendricks County Commissioners, a health clinic was opened this March for the county employees and their families. This should eventually lower the health insurance cost to the county and also provide better health services to the employees and their families.
Nancy said she is committed to continuing fiscal responsibility, which includes a well executed plan for economic growth and development while also protecting the environment.
COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER (District 2)
Jay R. Puckett Ñ R
For the past 10 years, Jay R. Puckett has represented District 2 on the Hendricks County Council. During that time, Jay has continued to be a fiscal conservative and is concerned with keeping local government efficient, lean, and accessible to residents of Hendricks County.
JayÕs goal is to evaluate needs from wants and managing the finances of the county like he does at home.
ÒPriorities must be established and you spend within your means,Ó he said.
Jay is a cum laude graduate of Ball State University and is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison Graduate School of Banking. He is employed as a vice president of commercial lending at State Bank of Lizton.
He is actively involved in Brownsburg, where he attends Church @ Main and serves on the elder board, coaches youth sports, is a Brownsburg Rotary Interact sponsor for Brownsburg High School, and also is a licensed IHSAA football official.
Jay resides in Brownsburg with his wife of 25 years, Kristine, and their children Jayson and Kayla.
COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER (Distrct 3)
Bradley Scott Whicker Ñ R
Brad Whicker is a resident of Plainfield.
COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER (District 4)
Myron C. Anderson Ñ R
Myron Anderson is a resident of Danville.
BROWN TWP. TRUSTEE
Troy L. Wymer Ñ R
Troy Wymer has lived in Brownsburg for nearly 10 years.
ÒI consider it an honor to be on the ballot in May and cherish the opportunity to exercise my freedom as an American to seek elected office. The local government issues the governor has been preaching about currently and for the past few years are not unknown to Brown Township,Ó Wymer said. ÒBrown Township property taxpayers are punished with one of the highest total tax rates for a township in Hendricks County. Too few acres of park land are available for residents to enjoy with their families and most residents feel left out of the planning process in the Brownsburg community.
ÒI feel I bring new ideas to the office while having the eagerness and public safety experience to lead the township in a new and better direction. I am a conservative Republican dedicated to wringing efficiencies from budgets while providing more services more wisely. I believe that government reform is more than just a catch phrase. I am in favor of local government reform designed to save taxpayers money and know it can be done while providing more bang for the taxpayerÕs dollar.Ó
Wymer said he will accomplish this by implementing the 10 planks of his campaign platform: An immediate 10 percent cut in the township budget without affecting services or public safety; a complete examination of the budget and cuts to any area beyond 10 percent that can be done without affecting servicesÊor public safety; a direct line of communication between the trusteeÕs office and the constituent; participation in the planning process for the future of Brown Township, Brownsburg, and Hendricks County; the development of a real strategy to encourage, monitor, and plan for growth in the community; no nepotism in Brown Township government; complete transparency in Brown Township government; access to the township trustee through direct phone calls, e-mail, or coming into the office for a discussion about what concerns the taxpayer; create a coordinated community effort that will partner with private businesses to develop green space and parks; and develop a cooperative team approach to community development with Lincoln Township and the Town of Brownsburg.
Wymer can be contacted at www.wymer2010.com, Facebook, and Twitter.
CENTER TWP. TRUSTEE
Judy White Ñ R
I have had the pleasure of performing the duties of the trustee for the last 21 years Ñ 14 years as assistant and chief deputy and seven years as trustee.
My accomplishments and responsibilities include a flawless auditing record by the state board of accounts, providing fire protection, financial management of the Center Township/Danville Ambulance Service, and assisting low income families. In addition, I care for and maintain seven cemeteries.
I graduated from Danville High School in 1958 and worked in the cashierÕs office for Indiana Bell Telephone Company for 18 months. I then managed the Railway Express Agency in Danville from my home for 12 years.
My husband, Ken, and I were married May 10, 1959. Our sons, Rick and Randy, both graduated from Danville High School. Rick graduated from West Point in 1984 and is the defense attachŽ at the American Embassy in New Delhi, India. He and his wife have two children. Randy graduated from Ashland University and is director for the southern area at Tanzania Truck Lines in Atlanta, Ga. He and his wife also have two children.
I founded the West Point Parents Club of Indiana and served as president for two years. I have always been very active in the Danville United Methodist Church, am president of the Danville United Methodist Women, and treasurer of the churchÕs building committee.
I attend two Indiana Township Association conferences each year, and any seminars available concerning my job. I have been the Hendricks County coordinator for the Indiana Township Association for 21 years and secretary/treasurer of the Hendricks County Trustee/Assessor Association for 20 years.
In 2001, I received the Public Servant of the Year Award from the Greater Danville Chamber of Commerce.
CLAY TWP. TRUSTEE
Clinton W. Stoutenour Ñ R
Clint Stoutenour lives in Coatesville.
EEL RIVER TWP. TRUSTEE
Joyce Greene Ñ R
Joyce Greene resides in North Salem.
FRANKLIN TWP. TRUSTEE
Sharon Fruits Ñ R
Sharon Fruits is seeking re-election as trustee of Franklin Township.
She is currently serving her 19th year in the office. She finished the former trusteeÕs term and has been elected to four full terms since then.
Born June 3, 1942, Fruits has lived in Hendricks County her whole life.
ÒI feel that township assistance should be kept at a local level,Ó she said. ÒToo many needy will get lost in the masses if they donÕt have local help available. I have had people walk to my office for assistance Ñ it would be a 15-mile walk to Danville for non-local help.Ó
GUILFORD TWP. TRUSTEE
Chuck Ellis Ñ R
Chuck Ellis is a lifelong resident of Plainfield/Guilford Township and a 1974 graduate of Plainfield High School.
He worked in the family business, Plainfield NAPA, before becoming a career firefighter for the Plainfield Fire Department in 1977. He has worked as a firefighter for the past 32 years. In 1988, he started a construction and maintenance business that he still operates today.
He has been married for 35 years to Karen (Patterson) and they have two children. They are members of Center Community Church.
Over the years, Chuck has worked with Project A.N.G.E.L., Habitat for Humanity, and the Plainfield Christian Support Center. He served two terms on the Firefighters Pension Board, 10 years as a precinct committeeman, and has been on the Guilford Township Board since 2002, where he is currently serving as board president.
Mike Isaacs Ñ I
Mike Isaacs is a 30-year resident of Guilford Township.
My wife, Brenda, daughters Nicole and Michelle, and I moved to Guilford Township from Seymour due to a transfer with Public Service Indiana. We were quick to realize what a wonderful blessing it was to live and raise a family here. We soon became active in the community, schools, and church.
Throughout my 37 years of service with Duke Energy, I had many opportunities and responsibilities directing the District Operation, including personnel, equipment, and budget. I served as the president of the committee to construct Plainfield Community School CorporationÕs Bus Maintenance Facility. I have served as an elder at Plainfield Christian Church for the past 25 years.
I received the Plainfield Values Program Award for ÒTruth.Ó
I am seeking the position of Guilford Township trustee because I have a strong desire and ability to serve the people of this township. I have a genuine concern for people and the ability to make sound decisions. I will be available to listen to concerns and seek to do what is best for present and future residents of Guilford Township.
LIBERTY TWP. TRUSTEE
Ron Myers Ñ R
Ron Myers is a resident of Clayton.
LINCOLN TWP. TRUSTEE
Donovan Peoples Ñ R
Don Peoples resides in Brownsburg.
MARION TWP. TRUSTEE
Elvin Ray Cassity Ñ R
Elvin Cassity is a resident of Danville.
MIDDLE TWP. TRUSTEE
Timothy W. Griffith Ñ R
Timothy Griffith resides in Pittsboro.
UNION TWP. TRUSTEE
Paul R. Brasher Ñ R
Paul Brasher is a resident of Lizton.
WASHINGTON TWP. TRUSTEE
Don Hodson Ñ R
A lifelong Republican, Don Hodson has been the chair of the Republican Party in Washington Township since 1998. Once elected, he will reduce the trusteeÕs salary to $25,000 and refuse the retirement contribution paid by taxpayers.
In order to help solve a $15 million debt facing the township, he will need a supportive board. He will appoint a panel of concerned community volunteers to review ways to contain and reduce expenses and maximize township resources. Don is asking for your vote for his Republican team of Suzanne X. Conger, Doug Elmore, and Michael Lynch for Washington Township Board.
Occupation: Sales manager for Statewide Credit Association Inc. since 1994.
Activities: Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1998; Washington Twp. Republican Chair since 1998; Former Washington Twp. Fire Department Merit Board President 1999-2003; Member of the Avon United Methodist Church; Married 25 years to Rita (Delp); Three children and three grandchildren; Former foster parent of 28; Eagle Scout - Active in Boy Scouts for 50 years; One of the original organizers of the Avon Community Heritage Festival; ACHF Board member since 1999, president 2003-05 and Ô08; Member of the Avon Chamber of Commerce; Active in Project A.N.G.E.L. since 1999; Avon Relay for Life.
Education: 1970 graduate of Plainfield High School; Ô74 graduate of Wabash College with BA in political science and speech.
Also, the Avon firefighters have come out to endorse Hodson. IAFF Local 4406 District President Todd Fair said members have had an opportunity to get better acquainted with Hodson.
ÒHe has attended union meetings, at his request, to get to know our members better, to answer questions, and to listen to our concerns,Ó Fair said. ÒWe are all aware of the budgetary constraints our department faces, and we feel he will do everything in his power to ensure that the citizens that live in and that pass through Washington Township will continue to be protected.Ó
For more information, call Don at 370-3236 or e-mail him at DonHodson4Trustee@sbcglobal.net.
Todd Singer Ñ L
Todd Singer is a Plainfield resident.
BROWN TWP. BOARD
John M. Gootee Ñ R
John Gootee resides in Brownsburg.
Larry R. Scott Ñ R
Larry Scott resides in Brownsburg.
Charles Tavel Ñ R
Charles Tavel resides in Brownsburg.
CENTER TWP. BOARD
James N. Disney Ñ R
James Disney is a Danville resident.
Beth Harvey Ñ R
Beth Harvey lives in Danville.
Patsy D. Wynn Ñ R
Patsy Wynn is a candidate for the Center Township Board. She has worked as a member of the Center Township Board for the last several years, currently serves as board secretary, and is also president of the joint board of the Danville/Center Township Ambulance Service.
During that time, she has developed the knowledge and experience necessary to purchase firefighting and EMS vehicles with minimal tax burden to the citizens of Center Township and Danville.
PatsyÕs service and commitment to our community are visible through her personal and professional memberships: past president of the Danville Business and Professional WomenÕs Club; years of involvement with the Danville Little League (former senior play agent and vice-president); Danville Schools (served as president of North and South Elementary PTO); and a member of Tri Kappa.
Patsy is a member of St. MaryÕs Catholic Church in Danville and is involved with the choir, and she is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi.
An active Republican, Patsy is precinct committeeman, and she served as delegate to the state convention.
Patsy was married to the late Dennis Wynn for 40 years. She has two sons, Dennis and Joseph, and four grandchildren. Patsy is a graduate of Indiana University and works for the Indianapolis Public Schools.
CLAY TWP. BOARD
Dawn R. Cline Ñ R
Dawn Cline is a resident of Coatesville.
David A. Hodson Ñ R
David Hodson resides in Amo.
Wayne G. Johnson Ñ R
Wayne Johnson is an Amo resident.
EEL RIVER TWP. BOARD
Steve W. Miller Ñ R
Steve Millers resides in North Salem.
Michael G. Schlagel Ñ R
Michael Schlagel resides in North Salem.
Clara M. Thompson Ñ R
Clara Thompson resides in North Salem.
FRANKLIN TWP. BOARD
Sharen Kay Ryland Ñ R
Sharen Ryland is a resident of Coatesville.
GUILFORD TWP. BOARD
Len Behling Ñ D
Leonard ÒLenÓ Behling has B.S. and M.S. degrees in music education from the University of Illinois and an EDS degree in school administration and supervision from Indiana University. He is a retired teacher with 10 years of teaching experience in California and Illinois and 31 years with Indianapolis Public Schools.
He is a member of Phi Delta Kappa honorary education fraternity, Plainfield United Methodist Church, Hendricks County Retired Teachers Association, Indiana Historic Society, Indianapolis Hiking Club, and Eagle Creek Park Foundation. He is a member and past president of Plainfield Kiwanis Club and a member and vice president of the Greater Guilford Township Civic Association.
Len was a candidate for county commissioner in 2000 and has been a poll worker and Democrat precinct chair. He has been a member of Hendricks County Democrats for about 15 years, and served as party chair in 2008.
He is married and has five children and eight grandchildren. He enjoys hiking, dancing, reading, traveling, and volunteering.
Daniel L. Kinnamon Ñ R
Daniel Kinnamon resides in Plainfield.
Charles P. Morris Ñ R
Charles Morris lives in Plainfield.
Anthony A. ÒTonyÓ Perona Ñ R
My name is Tony Perona and IÕm running for the Guilford Township Board. IÕm a graduate of Kettering University and I have an MBA from the University of Chicago.
My wife and I have lived in Guilford Township for over 25 years, raised our children here, and both of them have graduated from Plainfield High School.
IÕve been a member of the Greater Guilford Township Civic Association for over 20 years, and have served in a number of leadership roles, including president and treasurer. I am also an active member of Plainfield United Methodist Church, and most recently served as co-chairman of its strategic planning group.
Today I am a published author writing mystery fiction, but IÕve been a professional writer for a long time. For many years I owned my own business, Tony Perona Writing, handling public relations work and writing assignments for a variety of clients, including the Town of Plainfield and Guilford Civil Township. Prior to that, I worked freelance as a correspondent and columnist for the Hendricks County Flyer and for the Indianapolis Star.
Because of these experiences and my background as a small business owner, I believe I can offer a lot to the township board. I bring not only a deep knowledge of the township and its issues, but I also bring the experience of budgeting and strategic planning.
I would appreciate your vote.
LIBERTY TWP. BOARD
Ronne Jo Cooper Ñ R
Ronne Cooper lives in Clayton.
Larry D. Wineman Ñ R
Larry Wineman is a resident of Clayton.
LINCOLN TWP. BOARD
Mark Tieken Ñ D
Mark Tieken graduated from Gibson Southern High School in southwestern Indiana and took some business courses in college.
He and his wife, Cindy, have four children ranging in age from 25 to 37. They also have seven grandchildren, including a set of triplets.
Mark is the owner of Tieken & Tieken Construction in Brownsburg.
He is a member of the Catholic church and was a member of the St. Malachy Church Building Committee.
His hobbies include spectator sports with an emphasis on the Brownsburg High School Bulldogs, fishing, walking, and bicycling.
Things that are important to him are family, church, local government, and the people of Lincoln Township.
Donald E. Brooks Ñ R
Donald Brooks resides in Brownsburg.
Gregory L. Hauswald Ñ R
Gregory Hauswald resides in Brownsburg.
Emory Lencke Ñ R
Born in Louisville, Ky., Emory Lencke grew up in Lafayette. He graduated from Central Catholic High School and has taken various career-oriented classes through retail business, chamber of commerce, and the tourism industry.
After graduating from high school, he entered the U.S. Army and served three years in Germany. Upon returning, he went back to work at Kroger where served 35 years with more than 28 of them being a store manager. He retired from Kroger in 1997 became the first executive director of the Brownsburg Chamber of Commerce. Four years later, he was selected as the executive director for the Hendricks County Convention & Visitors Bureau where he continues to serve.
Lencke is a 1999 Leadership Hendricks County graduate and has been a past president and board member of the organization, as well as being named Leader of the Year.
He is a past recipient of the ZupÕs Imagination Award Ð Breakfast of Champions; member, past president, and Leader of the Year recipient for the Brownsburg Kiwanis Club; past board member and member of Brownsburg Rotary Club; a current member of the Hendricks County United Way Advisory Council; a current member and past president of the Avon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; a past president and member of the board of directors for the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership; a past member of the board of directors and president of KEMBA Credit Union; a past president and organizational director of the Junior Achievement Program; and is a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, serving on Endowment Committee. In addition, he assisted with the creation of ÒHaunts of Hidden RiverÓ hayrides and was named Brownsburg Citizen of the Year in 2001.
Lencke and his wife Sandra, a retired Brownsburg school teacher, have been married for more than 40 years. They have been Hendricks County residents for more than 38 years, living in Plainfield, Danville, and Brownsburg. They have four children Ñ daughters Mary Beth & Katherine Young and sons Ben and Joe; a son-in-law, Christopher Young; daughters-in-law Brianna and Elizabeth ; and three grandchildren, Abbi, Rusty, and Emmett.
MARION TWP. BOARD
Kenneth H. Mason Ñ R
Kenneth Mason is a resident of Danville.
Jay Mendenhall Ñ R
Jay Mendenhall resides in Coatesville.
Darrel Plunkett Ñ R
Darrel Plunkett is a Danville resident.
MIDDLE TWP. BOARD
Patrick S. Carmean Ñ R
Patrick Carmean lives in Pittsboro.
Lynn T. Love Ñ R
Lynn Love is a resident of Pittsboro.
UNION TWP. BOARD
Terry L. Bowman Ñ R
Terry Bowman resides in Lizton.
Julian P. Owens Ñ R
Julian Owens lives in Lizton.
WASHINGTON TWP. BOARD
Adam F. Kilbride Ñ D
Hello. I am Adam Kilbride and I am seeking a seat on the Washington Township Board.
Your vote is important, and it should never be taken for granted. I want to earn your vote this Nov. 2, 2010, by doing my part to help ensure our local government is operating efficiently within our means; while maintaining public safety as a number one priority. I will continue to make sure our fire rescue teams have the support and equipment they deserve to safely do their jobs and keep us safe.
If elected, we can bring awareness of our local resources for families struggling in these uncertain economic times. Together we can help simplify these processes, allowing those in need to get the financial help they seek.
Also I will do my part to help in the continued growth of our beautiful, family-friendly Washington Township Park.
Your vote is important to me!
If elected, I will bring your concerns and common sense ideas straight to the board. It is time for a new generation of leadership, a balanced government, and budget.
I have been a resident of the Avon-Washington Township community for 11 years. I am married with four school-aged children. My family are parish members of Saint Malachy Catholic Church. I attended Lawrence Central High School and Vincennes University.
Please elect me, Adam Kilbride, to the Washington Township Board on Nov. 2, 2010.
Be sure check me out on Facebook.
Suzanne X. Conger Ñ R
Republican Suzanne X. Conger is a candidate who wants to restore conservative fiscal values to township government. Suzanne is asking for your vote on Nov. 2 for Washington Township Board.
Suzanne has been a resident of Avon, Washington Township, since 1996. She has one son who graduated from Avon High School and became a college graduate this past summer. Over the years she has been involved in many community and church activities, i.e., Avon Parent-Teacher Organization, Avon Middle School Parents for Education Program, Cub Scout Pack 391, and Boy Scout Troop 306.
Occupation: Attorney since 1983; present practice is in Danville, with an emphasis as guardian ad litem for children in the court system, serving as their advocate and voice to the court.
Experience: Republican Precinct Chair in Washington Township; Member of the Hendricks County and the Indiana State Bar; Former president, vice president, and secretary of the Hendricks County Bar Association; Former member of the Garrett Community College Board of Trustees (appointed by the Governor of the State of Maryland); Member of Avon United Methodist Church, serving as co-lay leader, staff-parish, finance, building, and capital campaign committees; Board member of Project A.N.G.E.L. of Hendricks County.
Education: Graduate of West Virginia University with a doctorate of jurisprudence (1983) and bachelor of science in secondary education (1977).
For more information, contact Suzanne at 908-1433 or Conger4Elect@aol.com.
Doug Elmore Ñ R
Republican Doug Elmore is a candidate who wants to restore conservative fiscal values to township government. Doug is asking for your vote on Nov. 2 for Washington Township Board.
Doug has a wealth of knowledge from his engineering experience to his experience serving as a member of the Avon Plan Commission and the Avon Redevelopment Commission. He believes strongly in serving and giving back to his community. He is a lifelong resident of Washington Township.
Occupation: Director of engineering and construction for the Gene B. Glick Company.
Activities: Republican Precinct Committee Chair; President of the Avon Community Heritage Festival 2009-present; board member since Ô05; Married 20 years; Two school-aged children; Member of the Avon Plan Commission 2008-present; Member of the Avon Redevelopment Commission 2008-present; Member of the Avon Christian Church having served as elder, board president, treasurer, and deacon; Private pilot; Former small business owner; Past AJAA coach.
Education: 1987 graduate of Avon High School; Ô92 graduate of Purdue University.
For more information, call Doug at 491-2453 or e-mail him at DougElmore4Board@gmail.com.
Michael J. Lynch Ñ R
Republican Michael Lynch is a challenger who wants to restore conservative fiscal values to township government. Mike is asking for your vote on Nov. 2 for Washington Township Board.
Michael has a wealth of experience inside the Washington Township Fire Department. He serves on the Avon Redevelopment Commission and is involved in several community activities.
Occupation: Facility manager for Kingsway Christian Church.
Activities: Served as Washington Township Fire Marshal from 2001 to Ô07; Graduate of National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program; Vice-president of the Avon Redevelopment Commission; Past president of Avon Rotary Club; Member of Kingsway Christian Church.
Education: 1994 graduate of Avon High School; Bachelor of science degree from Eastern Kentucky University in fire protection administration; MasterÕs degree in public affairs from Indiana University.
Activities: Republican Precinct committee chair; President of the Avon Community Heritage Festival 2009-present; board member since Ô05; Married 20 years, two school-aged children.
For more information, call Mike at 213-4910 or e-mail him at MikeLynch4Board@gmail.com.
Chris Sherman Ñ L
Chris Sherman is a resident of Plainfield.
AVON TOWN COUNCIL (District 1)
Dave Jackson Ñ R
Dave Jackson is the Republican nominee and candidate for Avon Town Council Ð Ward 1.
A life-long Hoosier and Republican, he is originally from Highland (Lake County). He has been married for 15 years to Mary and has lived in Avon for 13 years. They have three daughters: Claire, Colette, and Caroline (all attend Avon schools). They attend St. Susanna Church in Plainfield.
Jackson graduated from Wabash College in 1987 (political science major). He worked 23 years with the Reynolds Packaging Group as a technical lead.
He served on the Avon Town Council as vice president from 2003 to Ô06; was Republican Precinct Committeeman for the past eight years; is a board member for the Hendricks County Trail Development Association which is developing the B&O Trail in Hendricks County; is secretary for the Stratford of Avon HomeownersÕ Association; and was a past volunteer for numerous organizations such as Project ANGEL, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, and Junior Achievement.
AVON TOWN COUNCIL (District 2)
Beverley A. Austin Ñ R
Increased cooperation between agencies, developing more partnerships, increasing the quality of life Ñ these are all the things that Beverley Austin vowed to do in her first term on the Avon Town Council. In her first term, Beverley has seen great strides, including the partnership with the YMCA and Hendricks Regional Health to bring a first-class recreation center to town. She has pushed for funding to build the Ronald Reagan Bridge and for significant road improvements including safer and greener roundabouts, intersection upgrades, traffic calming devices in neighborhoods, and a bigger and better park system. She has helped oversee significant cost savings that will eventually lead to more efficiencies and a better quality of life for residents. But sheÕs not finished serving.
Beverley Austin is a native of Hendricks County. She and her husband of 23 years, Harrold, have raised three children and have a grandson. Her work with the Avon Chamber of Commerce has helped her tune in to the struggles of small business. She is a graduate of Indiana Tech with a bachelorÕs degree in business administration.
Beverley helps organize the Hendricks County Rib-Fest, Avon Relay for Life, and Avon Community Heritage Festival. She also works with Share the Spirit Food Drive. She sits on the Hendricks College Network board of directors and is a member of the Avon Rotary Club.
As a member of the Avon Town Council, Beverley is a board member on the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District and Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership, and the liaison for the Avon Chamber of Commerce and Parks Department.
AVON TOWN COUNCIL (District 3)
Kashif Khan Ñ D
About me: Licensed professional civil engineer with 14 years of experience in design of transportation and utility infrastructure for federal, state, and municipal agencies; MBA from the University of Indianapolis; currently a partner in a civil engineering firm with offices in Indianapolis, Chicago, Peoria, and Cleveland.
About my family: Married with three boys; Pines West subdivision resident since 2003; kids attend Pine Tree Elementary and Avon Intermediate School West.
Why I am running: Serve the community for which I am a proud resident; I believe my strong background in public infrastructure design as a consultant for federal, state, and municipal agencies will be an asset to the council; Bring fresh ideas and perspectives, along with new solutions to the town council which has not seen much change in the past 15 years.
I ask for your support on Nov. 2 because I want to actively engage and promote Avon-based businesses by ensuring the town uses them prior to using businesses based outside of town limits. I will work toward a town ordinance which will give preference to local businesses for contracting opportunities with the town. I want to make Avon a pedestrian and bike friendly town to enhance the quality of life and attract new residents as a tool to help preserve home values. I want to make public safety a priority by providing police with the resources to keep crime in check in all neighborhoods. I want to ensure that the townÕs fiscal health is always in check against ÒwantsÓ and Òneeds.Ó
Mike Rogers Ñ R
Since 1995, I have been working with other individuals to plan, build, and mold Avon into a model community. My prior service to my country while serving in the military and my service with community service organizations provided me with the knowledge and background to serve as a member of the town council.
As I look back at my years of service, these important amenities have been planned, promoted, and come to fruition during my terms in office:
n Partnership with YMCA and Hendricks Regional Health to build first-class recreation facility.
n GO! AVON Projects that include the completion of two ecological roundabouts, and funding for two more and numerous paving projects.
n Dedicated a World War II Park and developed a committee to build it through donations.
n Conceived and steered the creation of AvonGov.org and the Avon newsletter.
n Appointed Police Chief Jack Miller and improved department relations.
Above all else, I have always placed the impact on future generations as a factor on my decision-making. This focus on our youth has kept me grounded in the topsy-turvy world of politics.
I believe in putting Avon residents first by branding my latest bid for the Avon Town Council: Rogers For Avon.
You can learn about my views of leadership, including conservative fiscal policies, building mutually beneficial partnerships, and listening to constituents at www.RogersForAvon.com. You can also see my pictorial of Avon at Facebook.com/RogersForAvon.
I respectfully ask for your vote.
BROWNSBURG TOWN COUNCIL (District 1)
Gary A. Hood Ñ R
Gary Hood is a seasoned executive, business owner, and longtime active member of the Brownsburg community. He wants to continue to preserve the heritage and quality of life Brownsburg offers through more effective planning, better inter-government cooperation, and a focus on keeping local taxpayers involved in and informed about decision-making.
After receiving a bachelorÕs degree in industrial engineering at Purdue and his license as a professional engineer, Gary earned an MBA in finance from IU. Following a successful career in sales and marketing for a company in supply chain management, he began his own business consultancy, Innovative Business Concepts, providing strategic planning and sales expertise to leading companies. He is also co-owner and president of Hendricks County Aviation.
Gary and his wife, Debbie, have been married for 34 years and have one adult son. HeÕs a central Indiana native who moved to the Brownsburg area in 1977, and to his present home in Ô93.
A graduate of Leadership Hendricks County, Gary is currently a board member of that organization, president of the Brownsburg Kiwanis, former council member and finance committee chairman for Messiah Lutheran Church, and provides flights for medical treatment to those in need through the Angel Flight program.
He also believes strongly in supporting youth through his work as a volunteer leader in the Youth Leadership Hendricks County program and prior activities as assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 396 in Brownsburg.
BROWNSBURG TOWN COUNCIL (District 5)
Dave Richardson Ñ R
ÒI moved to Brownsburg from Indianapolis 16 years ago because I was attracted to BrownsburgÕs leafy and relaxed neighborhoods, its highly recognized school system, and its warm and welcoming residents,Ó Brownsburg Town Council candidate Dave Richardson said. ÒThe folks here made us feel extremely welcome in 1994 and IÕve been proud to call Brownsburg home ever since.Ó
Richardson, 56, retired in 2009, following 33 years of service to our country, first as a sergeant in the U.S. Army, followed by civilian service with the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He is a graduate of Indiana University and continues to do consulting work.
Richardson is 56 and the father of five children. He is a private pilot who enjoys woodworking, motorcycles, and golf.
HeÕs a member of American Legion Post 331, a former member and coach of Pike Youth Leagues in Indianapolis, former president of the Quail Ridge Residents Association in Indianapolis, and a former member of Pike Township Residents Association, MayorÕs Neighborhood Advisory Group, and the GovernorÕs Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice Programs.
Richardson welcomes input from fellow Brownsburg citizens on how, as a town council member, he can help guide Brownsburg in a positive direction.
DANVILLE TOWN COUNCIL (District 1)
Steve Hartsock Ñ R
Steve Hartsock is a resident of Danville.
DANVILLE TOWN COUNCIL (District 3)
Marcia Lynch Ñ R
Marcia Lynch is a resident of Danville.
CLAYTON TOWN COUNCIL (at large)
Brad Butler Ñ R
Brad Butler is a Clayton resident.
Debbe Lance Ñ R
Debbe Lance is a Clayton resident.
LIZTON TOWN COUNCIL (at large)
Robert Uhrick Jr. Ñ R
Robert Uhrick is a Lizton resident.
NORTH SALEM CLERK-TREASURER
Beth A. Russell Ñ R
Beth Russell resides in North Salem.
NORTH SALEM TOWN COUNCIL (at large)
Rebecca S. Compton Ñ R
Rebecca Compton lives in North Salem.
PITTSBORO TOWN COUNCIL (at large)
Douglas Joiner Ñ D
I grew up in Brownsburg and graduated from Brownsburg High School in 1995. I then attended Butler University where I got my BS in telecommunications and played football, graduating in Ô99.
I am now a member of the Brownsburg Fire Department and just had my seven-year anniversary with the territory. I have been married for 10 years and have two children: Savannah, 8, and Nikolas, 6.
I have lived in Pittsboro for five years and have been on the planning commission for the past four years.
Bill Majeske Ñ R
Bill Jajeske resides in Pittsboro.