Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN


October 28, 2010

Candidate Profiles

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.

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