Candidates on the Hendricks County ballot for the May 4 primary election were invited to submit photos and profiles as a way of introducing themselves to voters. Those who chose to participate are featured here.
For precinct locations and additional information on the upcoming election, visit the Hendricks County Flyer’s website at www.flyergroup.com.
Don Bates Jr. — R
Richard Behney — R
Dan Coats — R
Once called a “thinking man’s conservative” by the Washington Times, Dan Coats has dedicated his life to public and community service and the Hoosier values of faith, family, and freedom.
A graduate of Wheaton College, Dan 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, Dan 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 — including new energy taxes — 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 once again called to serve as Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. His second day on the job was Sept. 11, 2001. Dan worked closely with a strong ally and friend during one of the most crucial periods in our nation’s history. As ambassador, he played a critical role in establishing robust relations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and in the construction of a new United States Embassy in the heart of Berlin next to the Brandenburg Gate.