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.
Since leaving Germany, Dan has worked at the law firm of King & Spalding while continuing his community service which started when he served as president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. He has served on the boards of many civic and volunteer organizations, including the Center for Jewish and Christian Values, which he co-chaired with Sen. Joe Lieberman. Dan is also currently co-chair of the Indianapolis-based Sagamore Institute for Policy.
Dan and his wife, Marsha, formed The Foundation For American Renewal to continue their engagement in faith-based initiatives. Dan received national recognition as the author and champion of the Project for American Renewal, a comprehensive initiative aimed at shifting power and funding from Washington directly to local, faith-based, and non-profit groups which are successfully working to resolve many of the nation’s social problems.
Dan and Marsha, who met in college, are the proud parents of three grown children and the grandparents of seven.
John N. Hostettler — R
Marlin A. Stutzman — R
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE (Distrist 4)
Jon Acton — R
I’m not a politician; I’m the guy next door.
I am a proud American, and Hoosier. I am a husband, a dad, a son, an educator, and a coach. I have spent my professional life in public servant leadership positions. I am not a career politician, but have made a career serving others. It would be an honor to serve the 4th District in Indiana.
My concerns are my neighbors’ concerns, like economic cutbacks and loss of jobs. I have watched friends and family members struggle as their jobs have eroded. I have cringed at tax increases while being unsure if the money was spent wisely “bailing out” various organizations. I have worried if the long-term debt can be eliminated and how much burden the future generations will have to bear. I have worried about our national security and the support of our military and veterans during and after war. I have worried about educational reform that is educationally sound and the profound impact it has on our children. I have worried about a smart healthcare system, not one based on party politics and division.
Here I am, a high school administrator, government teacher, and coach. I have made my home in District 4 my entire life. I have always told my students to Dream Big, Dream Often. I am tired of just dreaming that things will get better. I am tired of accepting less than what we deserve as Americans, as Hoosiers, as taxpayers. I am tired of the constant bickering amongst career politicians and party politics. I believe we can do better, and more importantly, have to do better.
Parents of special needs children, and people who suffer from chronic illnesses, are issues personal to me. Being an advocate for both is important to myself, however, being an advocate for all of the people of the 4th District, for all of Indiana, and for all Americans is the reason anyone should pursue this office. Members of Congress work for us, not the other way around.
My years as an educator and coach have taught me that together as a team we can do anything and be anything. My personal slogan is ‘Expect Victory’ and it is also the motto of this campaign. It doesn’t mean I sit back expecting achievements to come easily, rather it means I prepare and practice for the challenges ahead and am optimistic that we will succeed. I want Indiana to ‘Expect Victory’ for our state and prepare at every level to achieve success. I am eager to help the 4th District and our great state of Indiana fulfill its potential in the 21st century.
Cheryl Denise Allen — R
Daniel L. Dunham — R
James T. Hass — R
James T. Hass was born Nov. 26, 1959, in Lafayette, and has been a proud Hoosier his entire life. Graduating from Culver Academies in 1978, Jim came home to Purdue University where he earned a degree in communications.
He went on his first date with his future wife in 1980 to see “Bedtime for Bonzo,” starring Ronald Reagan. A few years later, in 1984, they settled down and started a family. He became the father of two beautiful daughters, Margaret and Charlotte. He went on to become a truck driver, traversing the country and meeting all sorts of individuals in his travels, and later became the owner of a small trucking company. Always true to his roots, Jim remains friends with his employees, going out of his way to assist them in times of need.
Over the years, Jim became concerned with the direction of our government, observing as the administration handed out special deals for “special” people and worked for their own benefit rather than their constituents. He is now seeking to foster a change back toward smaller, more efficient government and strongly believes in the autonomy and dignity of every individual, knowing that government is meant to serve the people, not the other way around.
Fiscal Responsibility — The bailout of failing banks and businesses is not the responsibility of the government nor is it for the benefit of the people. In capitalism, there are winners and losers, and we should not subsidize the failure of risk-prone markets, creating dying banks that survive only by government handouts. In addition, these bailouts only serve to further put our nation in debt while also increasing the taxation of the people. Jim supports a flat tax or a fair tax to lighten the tax burden while also simplifying the tax codes, making filing taxes less of a chore for everyday people. Combined with making bloated government programs more efficient and cutting back pork barrel spending and unnecessary earmarks, Congress can turn its focus toward decreasing our massive national debt.
Health Care — Government-run insurance is a stepping stone toward eliminating the private insurance sector and a government takeover of all health care, leading to further increases in costs and reduced benefits for our people. Jim is against putting the intimate details of our medical lives in national databases. Open medical records are a violation of your right to privacy, resulting in millions of people potentially having access to your private medical history. Jim supports market-driven means to lower health care costs, making insurance more accessible to people of lower economic means while not eliminating the autonomy of the individual to choose his own health care. Real choice and competition should be a part of any proposal. Health savings accounts have worked well in our state, so he advocates expanding on this proven reform.
Abortion — Jim is ardently pro-life, believing in the sanctity of the human life, no matter its stage of development.
Gun Rights — The 2nd Amendment of the Bill of Rights clearly states a citizen’s right to bear arms, and Jim fully supports the rights of the individual to do such.
Immigration — Jim believes that the immigration system is broken. As of 2008, there were estimated to be 11.7 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States, most of which comprise an invisible second class deprived of basic rights and simple means. To have so many undocumented aliens in our nation is a security risk. Illegal immigration should be stopped. Jim believes that the means for legal immigration must be made more streamlined, allowing those immigrants who are productive and responsible to earn the basic autonomy and dignity every American is due. Criminal elements should be deported, and the whole immigration process should be heavily monitored.
Education — Jim is an advocate of expanding choices parents have for their children’s education. He supports the promotion of alternatives such as charter schools while also being committed to providing families the means by which they can choose the course of their children’s education.
Right to Privacy — Every individual deserves autonomy and dignity, and it is not the government’s business to regulate their lives or disrespect them. As long as their actions do not harm others, the government should keep its nose out of people’s business; it should only serve to guarantee the rights of others from being infringed upon. Paramount among his beliefs, Jim believes in your right for autonomy and dignity and will fight to protect those rights.
Charles E. Henderson — R
Brandt Hershman — R
Brandt Hershman was born Aug. 22, 1966, and grew up on a family farm in northern Indiana that he still manages. After graduating from Purdue with a degree in political science, he went to work as a writer for then President George H.W. Bush.
In 1992, he left D.C. and moved back home to Indiana where he was the press secretary for the Buyer for Congress Campaign. He has worked for Congressman Buyer as his director of district operations since 1993.
In 2000, he was elected to the Indiana State Senate and currently serves as the Majority Whip and chairman of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee. He and his beautiful wife Lisa live with their dog Murphy in the Lafayette area.
Some of Hershman’s highlights include:
n Authored “Best in Nation” telecommunications reform bringing Internet and cable TV to provide choices to Indiana businesses and consumers. By getting government out of the way, Brandt Hershman brought more than $1.5 billion in investment to Indiana and created 2,000 new jobs;
n Co-authored the most sweeping property tax relief and reform in Indiana’s history. More than 90 percent of Hoosiers saw their property taxes cut by about 30 percent due to Hershman’s legislation. An independent study of this law completed by Ball State University estimated that it would create nearly 100,000 new jobs;
n Recipient of the first-ever annual “David A. Ford ATTAIN Award” for support of higher education and technology development;
n Recipient of Indiana Soybean Growers President’s Award for promoting alternative energy development and renewable fuels;
n Indiana Chamber of Commerce Champion of Small Business Award;
n National Rifle Association Life Member - A rating, the organization’s highest;
n Endorsed by Indiana Right to Life and has a 100 percent voting rating;
n National Federation of Independent Business 100 percent rating;
n Endorsed by Indiana Farm Bureau.
LaRon Keith — R
Todd Rokita — R
Mark Seitz — R
Phillip J. “P.J.” Steffen — R
I was born in Bluffton in 1972 and grew up in northwest Allen County. I graduated as co-salutatorian of Carroll High School’s class of 1991 and earned a bachelor’s degree in ‘95 and a master’s degree in ‘97 in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University.
From West Lafayette, I moved to the Indianapolis area when hired by Rolls-Royce Corp. I am still a full-time employee with Rolls-Royce and have lived in the Avon area for the past 12 years with my wife and four children.
In total, counting college, I have lived in what is now the 4th district for about 20 years.
I have never held or run for political office before, which seems to be a positive under our current political climate. I am running for office because I am gravely concerned about the future of our country and could no longer sit on the sidelines while our founding principles are under attack. I consider myself to be very conservative. Ronald Reagan is one of my political heroes and is one of the main reasons I started following politics at a very early age.
I believe the federal government has limited constitutional duties and the rest should be left to the states and local governments. I don’t believe the government can stimulate the economy by increasing government spending. On the contrary, I believe the federal government needs to get out of the way and lower taxes on individuals and businesses to get the capitalist machine running again.
I think the bailout of banks and the auto industry was an irresponsible use of taxpayer money and that the government should not be in the business of deciding which companies are “too big to fail.” In fact, I think GM would have emerged stronger had it declared bankruptcy and re-organized than it will being temporarily propped up by the government. I believe the attempted take over of our healthcare industry is more akin to a socialist regime and find it detestable that our congress is not listening to the American people. I feel strongly that our troops need to be able to do the job they were trained for without worrying about what some lawyer back home might think. I am pro-life, a defender of the constitution, and a supporter of the 2nd amendment.
For more information on my platform, visit my website at www.pjsteffenforcongress.com.
Eric L. Wathen — R
Eric Wathen was born Feb. 8, 1975, and grew up in Lizton. He attended North Salem Elementary and then Tri-West Hendricks High School. He worked summers as a corn detasseler and hay baler for local farmers. Eric graduated Tri-West Hendricks High School with an academic honors diploma in 1993. After graduating, he went on to attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he played football, volunteered at the campus radio station, and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1997. Upon graduation, Eric briefly worked in Chicago as a field engineer before returning home to the Indianapolis engineering firm DLZ, where he worked on road design and general construction projects.
In 1999, Eric married his high school sweetheart, Ann. Eric and Ann have four sons: Zane, 8, Drew, 6, Tyler, 4, and Luke, 1. For the past six years, Eric has worked for Rinker Materials in technical marketing and sales in the concrete pipe division. His daily tasks require building relationships through public speaking engagements and collaboration with clients such as engineering firms, contractors, and the Indiana Department of Transportation.
In 2000, Eric ran unsuccessfully for the Hendricks County Council. It was a fantastic learning experience for Eric, his family, and supporters. Through this experience, leadership roles he had played at his job, and a passion for local politics, Eric decided to run for Hendricks County Commissioner in 2007. Despite being challenged by three additional candidates in the party caucus, Eric was successful in his bid and immediately added a fresh, young perspective to Hendricks County. His knowledge of business and infrastructure made Hendricks County more efficient, saving money for Hendricks County taxpayers. In 2008, Eric was re-elected to serve another term as Hendricks County Commissioner.
As commissioner, Eric has tirelessly worked to finish the Ronald Reagan Parkways Project, a joint undertaking with surrounding counties and towns to find resources to complete the construction of Ronald Reagan Parkway to connect Interstate 70 (I-70) in Plainfield to Interstate 74 (I-74) in Brownsburg and eventually through Boone County to Interstate 65 (I-65).
Born and raised in Hendricks County, Eric’s rural working class roots, education, and experience both in the private sector and the local county government have given him the experience, skills, and strength to lead in Washington, and proudly represent his fellow Hoosiers from Indiana’s 4th Congressional District.
R. Michael Young — R
R. Michael Young, is a true conservative Republican, who currently serves the people of Indiana Senate District 35. Indiana Senate District 35 includes the west side of Marion County (Indianapolis) and portions of Johnson and Morgan counties.
Prior to being elected to the Indiana Senate in 2000, he was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1986-2000, and a member of the Marion County Board of Zoning Appeals from 1980-1982. During his years in the Statehouse as a state representative and later as a state senator, Young earned a reputation as one of the few legislators who thoroughly reads every bill before casting a vote.
Mike Young is an attorney who lives in Indianapolis and has three children and three grandchildren.
It is important to note that Young is the only candidate in this race who is a member of the Indiana Senate Conservative Caucus.
For his outstanding service and dedication to his constituents, Mike was awarded the Indiana State Public Employee’s Legislator of Year in 1995.
Tara E. Nelson — D
Mark Powell — D
David Sanders — 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.
David Sanders will be your Representative in Congress.
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. Sanders’ work on the Ebola virus led to his participation in the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s 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.
(Dr. Sanders’ connection with Purdue University is mentioned for identification purposes only and does not imply university endorsement.)
STATE SENATOR (District 23)
Phillip L. Boots — R
STATE REPRESENTATIVE (District 28)
Jeffrey A. Thompson — 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 children’s 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.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE (District 40)
Gregory E. Steuerwald — 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 master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Alabama in ‘77, and a jurisprudence degree from Indiana University in Indianapolis in ‘81. 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, Representative 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 Prosecutor’s Office. Upon graduation from law school, he joined the firm of Steuerwald, Zielinski & Witham and has been there since 1981.
His firm has represented various units of local government including towns, libraries, and townships. Mr. Steuerwald’s law firm presently represents the Hendricks County Board of Commissioners, the Hendricks County Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, the Hendricks County Health Department, Hendricks Regional Health, and the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District.
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 was born on Sept. 12, 1952, in Terre Haute, and resides in Avon. He has three grown children: Joshua Garver, D.D.S.; Jordan Gorgievski, and Adam Steuerwald.
For more information, visit the website at www.gregsteuerwald.com.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE (District 47)
Ralph M. Foley — R
STATE REPRESENTATIVE (District 91)
Robert W. Behning — R
Timothy Huber — D
Patricia Ann Baldwin — R
Incumbent Hendricks County Prosecutor Patricia Ann Baldwin is seeking re-election in the Republican primary.
In a prepared statement Baldwin said, “I want to continue to represent the people in Hendricks County against the criminals who threaten our property and our families. Therefore, I ask for your vote. The Prosecutor’s Office and I have grown through the years to address the challenges that come with growth, technology changes, and dangers of illegal substances.
“It is exciting to see the additional services available to the residents of Hendricks County such as Sheltering Wings, Susie’s Place, and the Child Advocacy Center which help victims of crimes as well as aid in education in our community.”
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 Sheriff’s 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 Attorney’s 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.
Baldwin, who has been publicly recognized as “the best Prosecuting Attorney in the state of Indiana,” continually updates her knowledge by attending continuing education courses through the National College of District Attorneys. She has completed courses which include “Internet Crimes Against Children,, “Prosecuting Drug Crimes,” “Evidence,” “White Collar Crime,” “The Executive Program,” “Forensic Evidence,” and “Prosecution and the Media.”
Even though Pat Baldwin is extensively involved in both her career and community, she leads a rich personal life. 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.
Brian J. Johnson — R
Brownsburg attorney Brian Johnson is running in the 2010 Republican primary for Hendricks County Prosecutor.
Johnson, 41, has been an attorney in private practice with the Brownsburg law office of Hostetter & O’Hara since 2001.
He, along with his three younger siblings, was raised on the south side of Indianapolis, graduating from Southport High School. He has lived in Brownsburg with his wife and three children since 2002. In addition, his parents, as well as one of his brothers and his family, live within Hendricks County.
Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University – Bloomington, graduating in 1990 with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in psychology. He received his J.D. from Indiana University – Indianapolis in 1997, graduating magna cum laude. While obtaining his law degree, Johnson was an associate editor on the Indiana Law Review, and authored The Response to Payne v. Tennessee: Giving the Victim’s Family a Voice in the Capital Sentencing Process, 30 Indiana Law Review 795 (1997). The article, inspired by Johnson’s observation of a capital trial, proposes a change in existing law to allow for the admissibility of “victim impact testimony” in death penalty cases. In addition, Johnson gained membership in the Order of Barristers in recognition of superior moot court advocacy, and was one of only six students selected to participate on behalf of the school in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition of the American Bar Association, with his team advancing to the national finals.
Virtually Johnson’s entire legal career has been centered around Hendricks County, beginning as a law clerk with the Hendricks County Prosecutor’s Office in 1996. In the spring of 1997, he began handling his own caseload as a certified legal intern, and tried his first jury trial before he was admitted to the bar and appointed deputy prosecutor in November of 1997. Within his first year as a deputy prosecutor, several of his responses to novel defense motions were distributed and used successfully by other prosecutors throughout the state of Indiana. During his tenure as a Hendricks County deputy prosecutor from 1997 to 2000, Johnson successfully tried numerous cases, to both judge and jury.
Since 2001, Johnson has been an attorney with the law office of Hostetter & O’Hara, with his practice focusing primarily on criminal litigation. In addition to his private practice, Johnson also served as a contract public defender in several Hendricks County courts from 2002 through ‘06, and has continued to accept cases where a conflict of interest exists with the courts’ regular public defender. In addition to his work at the trial court level, Johnson has also successfully handled several appeals, including a successful oral argument against the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles before the Indiana Court of Appeals.
If elected Hendricks County prosecutor, Johnson said one of his first priorities would be to ensure that the leadership positions within the office would be filled with experienced trial attorneys. In addition, Johnson announced that he would form a “Serious Violent Crime Prosecution Team.”
“If elected, one of my first priorities will be to assemble a team of prosecutors who have the skill and experience to try serious violent crimes, including murder,” he said. “If I am not personally handling the case, the lead prosecutor representing the state will be someone who has personally tried at least a dozen cases before a jury, a seasoned veteran of battles in the courtroom.”
Aside from violent crimes, Johnson wants to place an emphasis on tougher sentences for those who commit property crimes, in particular home and business burglaries, and vehicle thefts.
“Aside from crimes of violence, home and vehicle break-ins are probably the crimes that bother people the most,” he said. “You feel violated, knowing a criminal was in your home or car. I want to make sure that those who commit these types of crimes get the punishment that their acts justify.”
David Estes — R
Paul T. Hardin — 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 — R
Hendricks County Sheriff Dave Galloway is seeking re-election to a second term.
He recently celebrated his 40-year anniversary in law enforcement. Galloway served with the Boone County Sheriff’s 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 promised to use personnel more efficiently, recognize good work by all employees, increase the size of the Reserve Division, and improve training in all areas of the department. He has accomplished each of these goals.
He also promised to work in cooperation with all county officials toward better communication and understanding. This has been accomplished and is a benefit to all county officials and the citizens of Hendricks County.
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 Chief’s Executive Course, and the National Sheriff’s 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.
“We went from eight-hour shifts to 12-hour shifts which puts more officers on the road, gives us better coverage for the county, and lowers response time to calls for service,” he said. “We have initiated extra patrols to fight property crimes such as burglary, theft, and car break-ins. We have also taken steps toward improving community policing efforts by increasing Neighborhood Crime Watch Programs throughout the county. Our goal is to keep violent crime at a minimum, combat property crime to the best of our ability, and arrest those who continue to violate the law. We want to provide the best police service possible to our citizens.”
Jim Quearry — R
Jim Quearry was raised on a small farm in Hendricks County. There he was taught about integrity and developed solid values. He graduated from Avon High School, Indiana State University, and received a master’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University.
After retiring from the U.S. Treasury Department, ATF, as a federal agent, he was elected as Sheriff of Hendricks County. During his term as sheriff, Jim saved Hendricks County citizens more than $250,000 per year by privatizing the jail medical and kitchen. This resulted in a more efficient and effective operation.
Jim was one of the first central Indiana sheriffs to purchase solid-colored police vehicles with six-cylinder engines to save on paint and fuel cost. Jim implemented the “Child is Missing Program” to help locate missing children and the elderly.
He also started the sex offender electronic neighborhood notification system, increased neighborhood patrols, and reduced burglaries.
Jim believes law enforcement officers should be held to a higher standard and should be committed to their oath of office. He is committed to demanding integrity and accountability from all deputies and jail officers.
“Illegal drugs are the number one problem in Hendricks County, and I will work aggressively to fight the narcotics trafficking that is killing our kids and destroying our families,” he said.
Jim and his wife of 30 years, Barbara, have seven children and 11 grandchildren. They have been active members of Kingsway Christian Church for 23 years and reside in Plainfield.
Visit Jim’s website at QforSheriff.com, contact him on Facebook, or call him at 441-4498.
David L. Gaston — R
David Louis Gaston, 50, is running for re-election as county surveyor.
Gaston graduated from Cascade High School in 1978 and earned a bachelor’s 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 ‘95. 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.
Gaston was named “Outstanding County Surveyor” by the Association of Indiana Counties in 2003, won the “Excellence in Stormwater Management Award” from the Indiana Association of Floodplain Managers in ‘03, and the “Ronald Reagan Leadership Award” from the Hendricks County Republican Party in ‘09.
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 — R
COUNTY COMMISSIONER (District 1)
Dan J. Devlin — R
Dan Devlin has participated in a wide variety of community, planning, financial, political, and civic activities which have uniquely prepared him to be Hendricks County’s next commissioner.
Dan is ready for the challenges which face Hendricks County. Dan believes that county government should be good stewards of taxpayers’ money. It needs to listen to its citizens as well as be accountable to its citizens while providing necessary services and promoting economic development.
Beyond that, Dan believes that government should stay out of the way of its citizens.
Dan currently serves the Brownsburg Kiwanis as treasurer, serves on Middle Township’s Advisory and Hendricks County’s Redevelopment Authority Boards.
Dan also handles multiple coaching positions with Tri-West Youth Sports organizations. He attends Our Shepherd Church in Avon.
Dan, his wife Kim, and children Abby, Hannah, Julia, and Jack live in Pittsboro. Dan graduated from Tri-West High School and from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in agricultural finance. He previously worked in small business consulting before joining the State Bank of Lizton 17 years ago. He serves as vice president and lender, as well as oversees operations of the loan department.
You can find out more information or ask any questions at dandevlinforcommissoner.com.
Gary T. Emsweller — R
Preserving Hendricks County’s quality of life in the face of population growth and challenging economic times has been at the center of Gary Emsweller’s work over the past quarter-century.
As the long-time Hendricks County director for Purdue Cooperative Extension, Gary was a key part of establishing several organizations and facilities that are focused on making our county an even better place to live, including Leadership Hendricks County, the Hendricks College Network, the Hendricks County Parks and Recreation Department, and our Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, as well as overseeing the expansion of our 4-H program into one of Indiana’s largest.
Since his retirement, Gary has continued to work for our county by serving on the boards of Sycamore Services, Hendricks College Network, Hendricks County Park Board (president), Center for Agricultural Science and Heritage (chair), member of the Indiana State Fair Commission, and the Hendricks County Antique Tractor and Machinery Association (treasurer).
Gary received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 1972 and a master’s of public administration from Indiana State University in ‘81. He and his wife Ony have lived just outside of Danville for 22 years, and have two children, Drew and Bree. He may be reached by e-mailing to GaryE25258@aol.com or by calling 745-7949.
Robert L. Gentry — R
Charles Bender — D
Charles Bender was born in Illinois and raised both there and in Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University with a master’s in computing statistics. He volunteered for the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was stationed at Bethesda National Naval Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Following his discharge, he began working for IBM where he continues to work. Over his 40 years there, he has had staff and management assignments in several locations in the U.S. IBM has recognized him with many awards for management of multi-million dollar projects improving security, human resources, and business efficiency for customers, and IBM itself.
Charles has served on several boards and led youth and adult volunteers for charities such as Habitat for Humanity and The Appalachia Service Project, as well as trustee for the largest Methodist church in New England.
Charles has been married for 44 happy years, with two children and two grandchildren. His hobbies are construction/remodeling, golf, and the American Civil War. He serves on the Bridgewater HOA architectural board, vice chairperson of the Hendricks County Democrat Society, and is an active member of Prestwick Golf Club and the Hendricks County and Indianapolis symphonies.
COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER (District 1)
Ryan M. Cameron — R
Cameron is not a banker, lawyer, or a politician. A proud teacher, Ryan built his career working in public schools at the high school and post-secondary levels. For over 10 years, Ryan has served as an educator, public television producer, and school administrator. Under Ryan’s leadership, he built award winning educational programs for municipal government groups, while also mitigating school budgets. Ryan believes that innovation and community growth is not made at the expense of an inflated budget.
Ryan’s goals are to:
• Maintain a balanced budget.
• Institute an internal county services quality audit.
• Ensure continual and thoughtful countywide growth.
• Build a tradition of community outreach.
• Improve the Hendricks County website.
Ryan holds a master’s degree in information systems, and is employed as the Chair for the Online School of Information Technology at the ITT Technical Institute. Ryan has won four Emmy awards for producing educational television and is a member of the “Alumni Hall of Fame” at Pikes Peak Community College.
In his spare time, Ryan enjoys the outdoors, attending local arts exhibits, and spending time with his family. Ryan is also an active advocate for the Riley Hospital for Children Cheer Guild, The Indiana Wildlife Federation, and the Association for Service Disabled Veterans.
Ryan lives with his wife of seven years in Avon.
For more information, visit: www.rmcameron.com.
Nancy Johnson — 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 associate’s 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 Railroadmen’s 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 Historical 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 women’s 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.
Richard P. Myers — R
I grew up in Danville and graduated from Danville High School in 1968. I then graduated in 1973 from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. I used my degree to teach industrial arts at Avon, North Salem, and Western Boone for five years and late taught construction for Citizens Action Against Poverty. Educating our children is of the utmost importance.
I have served the Carpenters Local 758 for over 10 years, working on both small and large projects such as the Marion County Jail. This experience is essential in understanding major development endeavors such as schools, jails, and roads.
I have been a farmer and self-employed contractor for nearly 30 years. I understand the needs of small business owners in these economic times.
I have served as a juvenile correction officer at Plainfield for 2.5 years. I’ve witnessed how the jail system operates. I recognize the needs of these troubled children.
Additional experience in my history includes serving on the Hendricks County Council from 1980-88 and as Hendricks County Commissioner from 1989-96. During these times I served on the County Zoning Board, Senior Services Committee, Drainage Board, Indiana Wage Committee for Hendricks County, County Board of Finance, Shiloh Methodist Church Board, an Hendricks County Fair Board.
Although I have not served in county government for 16 years, I have watched our growth occur at a rapid rate. While growth cannot be prevented, it is essential that our expenditures and taxes remain in balance.
Washington Township and county taxpayers need to know that we are all at the limits of this economy. I know how to live and make do in tough economic times. Government needs people who can do the same.
To contact me, e-mail to Rick@R.Myers.NET or visit the website at www.vote.rmyers.net.
COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER (District 2)
Jay R. Puckett — 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.
Jay’s goal is to evaluate needs from wants and managing the finances of the county like he does at home.
“Priorities must be established and you spend within your means,” 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 — R
COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER (District 4)
Myron C. Anderson — R
BROWN TWP. TRUSTEE
Scott Black — R
Brown Township is growing and changing quickly. I plan to bring my professional abilities, communication strengths, and commitment to community service to the position of Brown Township Trustee.
If I am elected, I will make the trustee’s office very accessible. I believe a township trustee should have a role to communicate with the township residents on a regular basis. A website will be created for Brown Township and it will be a source of information for residents as to governmental happenings, business issues, and changes that affect our township, our businesses, and our families.
I am vice president of Sebree Architects, Inc. in Avon. I’ve worked with many trustees over the years, helping them with grant sourcing, community meetings, and consensus building to improve their townships. As trustee, I hope to help my own township.
Get to know me. Visit www.BlackForBrown.com and learn more about my ideas and why I’m running for Brown Township Trustee. I hope that you will vote for me on May 4th in the Primary Election and on Nov. 2nd in the General Election.
Joyce A. McClain — R
Troy L. Wymer — R
Troy Wymer has lived in Brownsburg for nearly 10 years. He is proud to call Brown Township home, but has become increasingly concerned about the way township government is doing business in Indiana.
“I 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,” Wymer said. “Brown 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.”
Wymer says his experience in public safety will benefit the township.
“I 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,” Wymer said. “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 taxpayer’s dollar.”
Wymer said he will accomplish this by implementing the ten planks of his campaign platform... “The Brown Township Big Ten”
n An immediate 10 percent cut in the township budget without affecting services or public safety.
n A complete examination of the Township budget and cuts to any area beyond 10 percent that can be done without affecting services or public safety.
n A direct line of communication between the Township Trustee’s office and the constituent.
n Participation in the planning process for the future of Brown Township, Brownsburg, and Hendricks County. For too long the people of unincorporated Brown Township have been left out of this planning process. Through a regional approach to governing I will change this.
n The development of a real plan for Brown Township. I will implement a strategy to encourage, monitor, and plan for growth in our community. I will be a visionary and bring together a team of citizens, businesses, and elected officials to be a part of this all important planning process.
n No nepotism in Brown Township government. No family members will be on my payroll.
n Complete transparency in Brown Township government.
n Access to the Township Trustee through direct phone calls, email, or coming into the office for a discussion about what concerns the taxpayer.
n Create a coordinated community effort that will partner with private businesses to develop green space and parks within Brown Township.
n 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 — R
I have had the pleasure of performing the duties of the trustee for the last 21 years — 14 years as assistant and chief deputy and seven years as trustee.
Providing integrity and commitment, as well as experience to our citizens is very important to me.
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 cashier’s 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 attaché 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 church’s 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 — R
EEL RIVER TWP. TRUSTEE
Joyce Greene — R
FRANKLIN TWP. TRUSTEE
Sharon Fruits — 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 trustee’s term and has been elected to four full terms since then.
Born June 3, 1942, Fruits has lived in Hendricks County her whole life.
“I feel that township assistance should be kept at a local level,” she said. “Too many needy will get lost in the masses if they don’t have local help available. I have had people walk to my office for assistance — it would be a 15-mile walk to Danville for non-local help.”
GUILFORD TWP. TRUSTEE
Chuck Ellis — 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.
Mick Hickam — R
The two issues that need our attention:
1. Guide the township through the local Government Reform to do the best for the citizens of Guilford Township. We need to study and inform the citizens and then let the people decide.
2. We want to keep Hummel Park in Guilford Township or in Plainfield for the people who paid the taxes to build this park.
At this time, we are building a large shelter house on the west side to accommodate large company picnics, family reunions, weddings, and anniversaries. This should be completed by the middle of the summer.
Also, Hummel Park needs another bridge over White Lick Creek for our large equipment to maintain the grounds on the west side. It will be used for the walkers as well. There is an historic steel bridge that is to be taken down in 2011 and could be moved to the park. We will need a grant for moving and installing it over the creek. We’re working on some of this now.
The township has been fortunate that the township taxes are low. Our rate for 2010 is 0.0320 per $100 of assessed evaluation. This means if you have a home assessed for $150,000, your township tax fee is $48 for the entire year. This is due to the influx of warehouse boxes in the industrial area. The assessed value in 1983 was $58 million and in 2010 it is $1.5 billion. This keeps your taxes low and allows the township to achieve what we have here.
Many are not aware that Hummel Park is a township park, even though the park is in Plainfield town limits. We work with the town to serve the citizens of Guilford, but the taxes to run the park are not from Plainfield Recreation park funds.
The township has managed to achieve its goals of keeping fire protection, township assistance, and recreation without any loans. We have never borrowed any money, but have received some small grants. I get letters from “you,” the constituents of this township, telling me how great this park is and that makes me proud.
Just remember “Stick with Mick.” I need your vote on May 4.
LIBERTY TWP. TRUSTEE
Ron Myers — R
LINCOLN TWP. TRUSTEE
Donovan Peoples — R
MARION TWP. TRUSTEE
Elvin Ray Cassity — R
MIDDLE TWP. TRUSTEE
Timothy W. Griffith — R
UNION TWP. TRUSTEE
Paul R. Brasher — R
WASHINGTON TWP. TRUSTEE
Ronnie Austin — R
Ronnie Austin, a Republican, is the incumbent trustee for Washington Township in Hendricks County — and has been since Jan. 1, 2003, when the residents of Washington Township voted him into this office. He hasn’t looked back since.
Ronnie, a long time resident of Washington Township and a member of the local Bartlett Chapel United Methodist Church, has served his community through many avenues over the years. He has been active in law enforcement for over 15 years and is currently a reserve deputy for the Hendricks County sheriff, volunteering 30 to 40 hours of his personal time each month. He was awarded the Deputy of the Year award for his service in 2008.
Ronnie is married and has a grown daughter, a step-son, and three wonderful grandchildren. Before becoming the township trustee, he led a busy life of work and dedication as a member of F&AM Lodge 653, offering his time and talent through many community service activities, being a volunteer law enforcement officer for different municipalities, and by owning and operating his own video store.
Today, he takes his executive position very seriously. He works full-time as the trustee, running day-to-day operations of the township and managing the budgets of the fire department, parks department, and assistance department — essentially running a business with over 85 employees and a $9 million budget. Additionally, he is dedicated to managing the budget responsibly, reducing wasteful spending and taxes, and providing a better place to live for the residents of Washington Township.
He has obtained grants over the years and has raised donated funds from local businesses and residents to help offset operational costs at the parks. Most recently, he headed up the purchase of a new ambulance which can be certifiably retrofitted in the future (instead of completely replacing it). This will save the taxpayers thousands of dollars over many years to come.
Over the years, Ronnie has nurtured a very positive relationship with the Avon Junior Athletic Association (AJAA). He is currently working to help the them grow by granting them use of property known as Pecar Park (in memory of Helen M. Pecar) for additional ball diamonds and sports fields. This property is located on County Road 150 North, between County Roads 475 East and 625 East.
Ronnie Austin, the Washington Township trustee, is your elected leader. He is the executive of your community. He works for you. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for him, please feel free to send a message through the contact page of our website.
Don Hodson — R
A longtime Republican supporter, Don Hodson has been the chair of the Republican party in Washington Township since 1998. He is challenging the incumbent Washington Township trustee because he believes that the trustee office is public service and not a career. Once in office, he will reduce the trustee’s salary down from the current $75,000 and refuse to take the current $14,250 retirement contribution paid by taxpayers.
Don Hodson is asking for your vote on May 4. In order to help solve a $15 million debt facing the township, he will need a supportive board. Don is asking for your vote for his team of Suzanne X. Conger, Doug Elmore, and Michael Lynch for Washington Township Board.
He is a 1970 graduate of Plainfield High School and a ‘74 graduate of Wabash College with B.A. in political science and speech. He has worked as a sales manager for Statewide Credit Association Inc. since 1994.
Don has been a Republican precinct committeeman since 1998, Washington Township Republican chair since ‘98, was the Washington Township Fire Department Merit Board president from 1999 to 2003,
He was one of the original organizers of the Avon Community Heritage Festival, served on its board since 1999, and served as president from 2003-05 and ‘08.
Don is a member of Avon United Methodist Church and the Avon Chamber of Commerce, has been active in Project A.N.G.E.L. since 1999, was active in Boy Scouts for 50 years and is an Eagle Scout. He also participates in Avon Relay for Life.
He and his wife Rita (Delp) have been married for 25 years. They have three children, three grandchildren, and have fostered 28 children.
For more information call Don at 370-3236 or e-mail him at DonHodson4Trustee@sbcglobal.net.
BROWN TWP. BOARD
(Vote for 3)
John M. Gootee — R
Larry R. Scott — R
Charles Tavel — R
CENTER TWP. BOARD
(Vote for 3)
James N. Disney — R
Beth Harvey — R
Loren Malloy — R
Loren Malloy has been the director of the Danville Public Library since 2003. In 2004, he served on a committee whose work later resulted in a Lucent grant for adult education in Hendricks County.
He was first elected to the board of the Danville Chamber of Commerce in 2004, named Chamber Member of Year in ‘05, and served as president of the board in ‘07. He was re-elected to the board in ‘08.
In the past, he has been involved with the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee, the Adult Basic Education Advisory Committee, the Downtown Danville Process Committee, and the Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference Planning Committee.
He currently sits on the executive board of the Indiana Public Library Association and is a founder of the Film Festival of Hendricks County.
He and his wife, Kristin Roahrig, celebrated the birth of their first child, John Joseph, in February of this year.
Patsy D. Wynn — 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.
Patsy’s service and commitment to our community are visible through her personal and professional memberships: past president of the Danville Business and Professional Women’s 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. Mary’s 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.
She would like to continue to serve the citizens of Center Township and the members of the Center Township/Danville fire Department to see that quality and excellence continue.
CLAY TWP. BOARD
(Vote for 3)
David A. Hodson — R
Wayne G. Johnson — R
EEL RIVER TWP. BOARD
(Vote for 3)
Steve W. Miller — R
Michael G. Schlagel — R
Clara M. Thompson — R
FRANKLIN TWP. BOARD
(Vote for 3)
Sharen Kay Ryland — R
GUILFORD TWP. BOARD
(Vote for 3)
Paul G. Gendrom — R
Daniel L. Kinnamon — R
Charles P. Morris — R
Anthony A. “Tony” Perona — R
My name is Tony Perona and I’m running for the Guilford Township Board. I’m 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.
I’ve 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 I’ve 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 on May 4.
Len Behling — D
Leonard “Len” 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.
LIBERTY TWP. BOARD
(Vote for 3)
Ronne Jo Cooper — R
Larry D. Wineman — R
LINCOLN TWP. BOARD
(Vote for 3)
Donald E. Brooks — R
Gary L. Hauswald — R
Emory Lencke — 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 Zup’s Imagination Award – 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 “Haunts of Hidden River” 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 — 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.
Lencke says he is honored to serve as a current member of the Lincoln Township Board.
“There is much discussion and effort to change government at the local levels, such as the need for township boards,” he said. “I agree with the need for change; however I have conveyed my opinion to all state level elected officials that this decision and all decisions effecting past and present governmental needed changes should be left to be determined by the voters.”
Andrew Torrella — R
Mark Tieken — 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.
MARION TWP. BOARD
(Vote for 3)
Kenneth H. Mason — R
Jay Mendenhall — R
Darrel Plunkett — R
MIDDLE TWP. BOARD
(Vote for 3)
Lynn T. Love — R
UNION TWP. BOARD
(Vote for 3)
Terry L. Bowman — R
Julian P. Owens — R
WASHINGTON TWP. BOARD
(Vote for 3)
Suzanne X. Conger — R
A $15 million debt and a $7,000 salary for the Washington Township Board, plus a $1,300 retirement contribution paid by taxpayers is ridiculous. Suzanne X. Conger is a challenger who wants to restore conservative fiscal values to township government. Suzanne is asking for your vote on May 4 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 who will be graduating from college in June 2010. 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.
She is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence earned in 1983 and Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education earned in 1977. She is a member of the Hendricks County and Indiana bar associations; was a former president, vice-president, and secretary of the Hendricks County Bar Association; and has worked as an attorney since 1983. Her 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.
Suzanne has been Republican Precinct Vice-Chair in Washington Township; was a former member of the Garrett Community College Board of Trustees, appointed by the Governor of the State of Maryland; is a member of Avon United Methodist Church serving as Co-Lay Leader, Staff-Parish, Finance, Building, and Capital Campaign committees; and is a board member of Project A.N.G.E.L. of Hendricks County.
For more information contact Suzanne at 908-1433 or Conger4Elect@aol.com.
James E. Degan — R
Jim Degan is running for the Washington Township Advisory Board.
He and his wife, Lydia Ferree Degan, have been married for 40 happy years. They have two adult children, Tom and Randy, and three grandchildren.
Degan graduated from Avon High School in 1963 and from Indiana State University in ‘67. He was a teacher and coach for Avon schools from 1967-69, and a builder and developer in Washington Township from 1969-78. He also worked in sales and branch management in building products from 1978 to 2008 and received numerous awards for exceeding goals and outstanding customer service. He is an independent insurance agent and president of Degan Insurance Group, Inc.
He has been a Washington Township property owner since 1967; was Washington Township Precinct Committeeman from 1970-76; Washington Township Republican Chairman from 1972-76; has been involved in coaching of youth baseball, football, and hockey; served as president of the Indianapolis Youth Hockey Association and a board member of other travel hockey organizations.
Degan is fully familiar with the budgetary process, having set and met budgets in excess of $20 million for many years in the business community. He understands how to create great customer service and employee loyalty, retention, and satisfaction. He has a thorough understanding of many facets of the construction and development process including maintenance issues, new construction of roads, buildings, and recreational facilities; and a thorough knowledge and understanding of the competitive bidding process and the negotiation of the best value for the dollar invested.
Degan says he will bring professionalism and a high moral and ethical standard to everything with which he is involved.
He is seeking election to the advisory board to be a watchdog for the fiscal responsibility of the township; to make sure the financial and physical property of the township is maintained and not ceded to other entities; to further enhance the growth of Washington Township and the amenities the taxpayers currently have without fear of these assets being compromised by outside influences; to ensure that the past accomplishments of the township are further built upon and not decimated by foolish measures and acts; and to maintain adequate fire protection for the community and look toward better enhancement of services as the community continues to grow.
Doug Elmore — R
A $15 million debt and a $7,000 salary for the Washington Township Board, plus a $1,300 retirement contribution paid by taxpayers is ridiculous. Doug Elmore is a challenger who wants to restore conservative fiscal values to township government. Doug is asking for your vote on May 4 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.
A 1987 graduate of Avon High School and a ‘92 graduate of Purdue University, Doug is director of engineering and construction for the Gene B. Glick Company.
He is a former small business owner and past AJAA coach.
Doug has been a Republican Precinct Committee Chair; president of the Avon Community Heritage Festival from 2009 to the present and a board member since ‘05; a member of the Avon Plan Commission since 2008; a member of the Avon Redevelopment Commission since 2008; and a member of Avon Christian Church, having served as elder, board president, treasurer, and deacon
He has been married for 20 years and has two school-aged children.
For more information call Doug at 491-2453 or e-mail him at DougElmore4Board@gmail.com.
Fred L. Hunt — R
A lifelong resident of the far west side Indianapolis, Fred Hunt has been a Hendricks County and Avon resident since 2001. After graduating from George Washington High School, he served as an amphibious tractor crewman in the U.S. Marine Corps. Following an honorable discharge from military service, Fred became an apprentice and then a journeyman typographer. He rose to the position of vice president at Weimer Typesetting before founding Hunt Type in 1983.
Now president of Hunt and Associates, he represents Halo – Lee Wayne, one of the nation’s largest providers of advertising specialty items and promotional wearables.
Fred is a past member of the Craftsmen Club of Indiana and the Printing Industries of Indiana trade association, where he served on the board of directors.
He holds a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) private pilot license with instrument rating, and formerly served as membership officer for Sky-Vu Flyers, the oldest aircraft cooperative ownership organization in Indiana.
His civic involvement includes Sunrise Sertoma Club, the Downtown Rotary Club and the American Legion. He was commander of Indianapolis Downtown Post 510 and led the reactivation of Avon Post 145, serving four terms as commander and has been selected as the post commander for 2010-11.
He has also served as Indiana Department Vice Commander – Children and Youth, established the Flag Etiquette Program for the Avon School Corporation, and continues in a leadership position for the Blue Star Program to honor families with a member serving on active duty in a war zone, or who have had a family member die in the line of duty (Gold Star).
Married for 51 years to the former Sue Prichard, he has two children, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Fred and Sue are members of Plainfield Christian Church.
David A. Jackson — R
Michael J. Lynch — R
A $15 million debt and a $7,000 salary for the Washington Township Board, plus a $1,300 retirement contribution paid by taxpayers is ridiculous. Michael Lynch is a challenger who wants to restore conservative fiscal values to township government. Mike is asking for your vote on May 4 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.
A 1994 graduate of Avon High School, he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in fire protection administration from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University. He works as the facility manager for Kingsway Christian Church.
Michael served as Washington Township Fire Marshal from 2001 to ‘07; is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program; is a Republican Precinct Committee Chair; is vice-president of the Avon Redevelopment Commission; is a past president of Avon Rotary Club; and is a member of Kingsway Christian Church.
For more information call Mike, call a213-4910 or e-mail him at MikeLynch4Board@gmail.com.
Fred G. Palmer — R
I am seeking election as a Republican for one of the three Washington Township Board seats in the upcoming May primary. In reviewing the annual reports, budgets, and minutes of past Washington Township Board minutes, I want to use my management, community and previous government experience to reduce expenses, minimize duplication, and increase efficiency in township government.
Being employed by Farm Bureau Insurance offered me a variety of management position experiences and upon retirement in 1994, I started my own firm, Palmer Associates, Inc. I have since represented private, municipal, and on-profit organizations in commercial real estate management, development, construction, and association management. I served in the U.S. Army Reserve and have previously held local government offices including Guilford Township Assessor and Hendricks County Councilman.
I am active in the Avon community. I am a member of the advisory board for our homeowner association and represent Washington Township on the board of directors of Hendricks Power, our rural electrical cooperative. I recently had the opportunity to join the West District YMCA’s board of managers and participate in a number of various professional non-profit organizations.
My wife Phyllis and I have resided in Hendricks County for more than 40 years. We have spent the past 10 years in Washington Township and our home is in the Prestwick area. We have four sons: David, Jeff, Rob, and Damon. We attend Plainfield Christian Church.
You may contact me by calling me at 727-0141 or by e-mail at email@example.com if you have questions or concerns.
Steven Turner — R
Steven Turner is currently the senior member of the Washington Township Board and is serving his second term. Steve believes in balancing township growth with fiscal responsibility.
He came to Washington Township in 1997 from his nearby hometown of Speedway.
Mr. Turner graduated from Ben Davis High School in 1969 and received a B.A. from Indiana University in ‘76.
He brings a diverse professional history to the Washington Township Board. Turner is a retired Speedway Police Detective Sergeant, serving 20 years from 1973 to ‘93. A skilled and decorated investigator, Turner was a two-time winner of the Marion County Prosecutor’s prestigious “Extra Effort” award.
Being from Speedway, his love of the Indy 500 translated into a second career as an Indycar mechanic, beginning in 1978. Steven was a member of Arie Luyendyk’s Indy winning team in 1997 and is an experienced purchasing agent and middle manager.
He is currently employed at Hendricks Regional Health, serving as a security associate. His wife, Lynn M. Turner, RN, BSN, is an Avon native and is the director of mental health at Hendricks Regional Health.
The Turners are committed to Hendricks County and are active in charitable organizations including Sheltering Wings, Hendricks County Mental Health Association, and Hendricks County Humane Society.
Steven and his wife enjoy SCUBA diving, the Indianapolis Colts, landscaping, traveling, photography, and entertaining friends.
Adam F. Kilbride — D
Hello, I am Adam Kilbride, and I am seeking the office of Washington Township Board Member.
I have been a resident of the Avon-Washington Township community for 11 years. I am married with four school-aged children. My family is parish members of Saint Malachy Catholic Church. I attended Lawrence Central High School and Vincennes University.
If elected, we can bring awareness of our local recourses, for families struggling in these uncertain economical times. Together we can help simplify the processes, allowing those in need to get the financial help they deserve.
I look forward to working with and on the behalf of all the citizens in our community by providing an avenue so that your voice can be heard.
I will do my part to help insure our local government is operating efficiently within our means, while maintaining public safety as a number one priority; continue to make sure our fire rescue teams have the equipment, and support they need to safely do their jobs; and continue to build a strong relationship between the Washington Township and Hendricks County Park Departments.
With your vote, you can help make this possible.
AVON TOWN COUNCIL (District 1)
Dave Jackson — R
Dave Jackson is a Republican candidate for Avon Town Council’s Ward 1 seat.
He is a life-long Hoosier, originally from Highland in Lake County. He and his wife Mary have been married for 15 years and have lived in Avon for 13 years. They have three daughters — Claire, Colette, and Caroline — who all attend Avon schools.
Jackson graduated from Wabash College in 1987 with a political science major. He has worked 23 years as a technical lead for the Reynolds Packaging Group.
He attends St. Susanna Church in Plainfield, is the webmaster for the campaign website www.PositiveChoicesForAvon.com, served on the Avon Town Council from 2003-06 and was vice president, has been a 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 Homeowners’ Association, and was a past volunteer for numerous organizations such as Project A.N.G.E.L., Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, and Junior Achievement.
Jackson says he believes in the 3 “R’s”:
n Remove politics from our police department and eliminate micro-management, ticket quotas, and unfair pay practices, and allow the professional officers to do their jobs;
n Reduce significantly the wasteful spending on recent town projects such as the salt barn and the costly lawsuit arising out of an ill-conceived ordinance to control underground water;
n Repeal burdensome rules and regulations such as fence permits and the U.S. 36 zoning overlay which is driving away business from Avon.
Follow Jackson and his team on Facebook and learn more about them at www.PositiveChoicesForAvon.com.
Jim Tygrett — R
Gregory A. Zusan — R
Gregory A. Zusan has the experience and integrity to continue the progress in moving Avon forward. His experience includes:
n Town council member for seven years;
n Town council president for five of those years;
n Past president of the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership;
n 20-year resident of Avon;
n 15-year active member of Avon Rotary; and
n 18-year active member of the Avon United Methodist Church, serving as chair of the church council and bank consultant to the finance committee.
The council’s accomplishments since 2007 include:
n Partnership with Hendricks Regional Health and YMCA to build a community recreational center for Avon.
n Secured federal and state grants to fund several road improvement projects including the roundabout at Dan Jones Road and 10th Street, the traffic light at Ronald Reagan Parkway and County Road 200 North, the intersection improvements at Dan Jones Road and U.S. 36, as well as several resurfacing projects in 2010.
n Established a partnership to secure $13 million in federal funds for the Ronald Reagan Bridge over CSX rail yard.
n Paid down $1.2 million of debt on the Avon Police Station and court building and refinanced $875,000 for eight years at 2.75 percent interest.
n Acquired 10 acres of land for an Avon’s public works site and built a salt storage facility to save taxpayers money.
Vote for Avon’s future. Vote for continued fiscal responsibility. Vote for Gregory A. Zusan for Avon Town Council Ward 1. Follow Greg or contact him through his Facebook site at Facebook.com/ZusanForAvon.
AVON TOWN COUNCIL (District 2)
Beverley A. Austin — R
Increased cooperation between agencies, developing more partnerships, increasing the quality of life — these are all the things that Beverley Austin vowed to do in her first term on the Avon Town Council.
If you look around, you will see a community that is vibrant and growing closer. 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 she’s 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 bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Always community-minded, 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.
She respectfully asks for another chance to serve and finish her work. Ask yourself: Is Avon better now than it was four years ago? If you believe that Avon is headed in the right direction, than vote to re-elect Beverley Austin.
Dave Cox — R
I’ve lived in Cobblestone Springs Addition for the past 12 years with my wife, Debbie, and son, Nick. I’m a retired police officer and presently working as a security officer for Hendricks Regional Health.
I decided to run for Avon Town Council because I couldn’t just continue to stand by and not say or o anything about all the wasteful spending. Over the past three years some town employees have received between 20 percent and 30 percent raises, over $200,000 in unnecessary legal fees, and $973,000 (just under a million dollars) for a “Salt Barn” has been spent.
As most people, I dislike politics and feel that politicians spend like it isn’t their money, but the present town council is spending like they won the lottery.
Before it is too late, I believe it is time for the citizens of Avon to say “Enough.”
I would appreciate the citizens of Avon support for my running for the office of Avon Town Council.
Marcus A. Turner — R
Marcus is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a master’s degree in public affairs. Since 1993, he has been involved in the water resources industry as a public policy consultant, planner, environmental scientist, hydrologist, and design engineer to a variety of municipal governments and quasi-governmental entities across North America, including several within Hendricks County and specifically the Town of Avon.
Currently he is employed by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission where he advises Indiana’s five commissioners on technical issues in water and wastewater utility cases including rates and charges, complaints, investigations, financing, mergers and acquisitions, and CTA (service territory) expansions.
His professional affiliations have included the American Planning Association and the Indiana Water Environment Association.
Within the community, Marcus is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Hendricks County, has served on the Avon Plan Commission since 2007 (serving as president from 2008 through the present), and the Avon Board of Zoning Appeals.
Working with local governments is his professional and personal passion. In addition, he has been a five-year board member of the Cobblestone Springs Homeowners Association and is active with the Sons of the American Revolution.
In 1994, Marcus and his wife, Jennifer, moved to the community shortly before Avon was incorporated. Since then, they have raised three children: Katie, 14, Kevin, 10, and Kelly, 6, who all attend Avon schools. They are involved in a variety of activities including Scouts, orchestra, swimming, and baseball/softball.
Marcus attends the Faith Lutheran Church in Avon.
AVON TOWN COUNCIL (District 3)
Lucinda A. Kozinski — R
Mike Rogers — 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 on May 4, 2010.
BROWNSBURG TOWN COUNCIL (District 1)
Gary A. Hood — 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 bachelor’s 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. He’s a central Indiana native who moved to the Brownsburg area in 1977, and to his present home in ‘93.
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.
Charles E. Ratliff — R
BROWNSBURG TOWN COUNCIL (District 5)
Dave Richardson — R
“I moved to Brownsburg from Indianapolis 16 years ago because I was attracted to Brownsburg’s leafy and relaxed neighborhoods, its highly recognized school system, and its warm and welcoming residents,” Brownsburg Town Council candidate Dave Richardson said. “The folks here made us feel extremely welcome in 1994 and I’ve been proud to call Brownsburg home ever since.”
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.
“I believe passionately in the true meaning of public service,” he said. “My original oath contained the phrase, ‘guardian of the public trust,’ which best defined for me what a public servant should be. I abided by that high ideal throughout my career and will absolutely abide by it in my service on our town council as Brownsburg moves forward into the 21st century. With that high ideal guiding the council’s vision, we can better serve the interests of Brownsburg as we proactively and aggressively address the many important issues facing us today. If we become true guardians of the public trust, we will successfully and honorably sustain Brownsburg’s family-friendly atmosphere for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren. I offer my voice, a fresh voice, in the pursuit of that vision.”
Richardson is 56 and the father of five children. He is a private pilot who enjoys woodworking, motorcycles, and golf.
He’s 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, Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Group, and the Governor’s 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.
William Sibbing — R
Bill Sibbing is seeking a seat on the Brownsburg Town Council.
Mr. Sibbing stated that he is seeking this seat because he believes there are continuing issues that need attention regarding finances and community services due to the property tax reforms being implemented by the State of Indiana. Mr. Sibbing believes that economic development and fiscal responsibility are crucial to the stability of our community. This is accomplished through:
n Planning: Preserve town services (police, fire, streets). Infrastructure (roads, sewers, water, improve traffic flow). Economic/Business development.
n Finance: Continue efforts to develop a stronger and more diverse tax base. Resolving unfunded mandates from state and federal agencies. Question expenditures to use fewer tax dollars more efficiently for the town.
n Discipline: Regular reporting of town activities to track progress. Persist in removing barriers to fiscal accountability. Continue transparency of town decision process.
Mr. Sibbing and his wife have resided in Brownsburg for many years. Mr. Sibbing has dedicated his full time and attention to local community affairs, and as a result, has an extensive resume that specifically points to his willingness to faithfully serve the community in which he lives.
For more information, call the Sibbing for Town Council Committee at 695-1258 or visit the website at www.sibbingtc.com.
DANVILLE TOWN COUNCIL (District 1)
Steve Hartsock — R
DANVILLE TOWN COUNCIL (District 3)
Marcia Lynch — R
BROWN TWP. STATE CONVENTION DELEGATES
(vote for 5)
Marie Booth — R
Marie Booth, candidate for State Convention Delegate, is a long-term resident of Brown Township. Active in the community, mainly as a member of Traders Point Christian Church, she’s passionate in her love for her country and “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Of utmost importance to Marie is doing her part to ensure a return to small government, balanced budgets, and personal freedoms and responsibility.
Larry R. Scott — R
CENTER TWP. STATE CONVENTION DELEGATES
(vote for 5)
Myron C. Anderson — R
Craig M. Callahan — R
Dave Dooley — R
Keith Gill — R
Theresa D. Lynch — R
Matt Steward — R
CLAY TWP. STATE CONVENTION DELEGATE
EEL RIVER TWP. STATE CONVENTION DELEGATE
Richard “Dick” Thompson — R
FRANKLIN TWP. STATE CONVENTION DELEGATE
GUILFORD TWP. STATE CONVENTION DELEGATES
(vote for 9)
Nancy L. Bennett — R
Wes Bennett — R
Molly E. Deuberry — R
Paul T. Hardin — R
Daniel L. Kinnamon — R
Chuck Parsons — R
Ryan T. Pickett — R
LIBERTY TWP. STATE CONVENTION DELEGATES
(vote for 2)
Jim Bryant — R
Bradley J. Wozniewski — R
LINCOLN TWP. STATE CONVENTION DELEGATES
(vote for 10)
Sean Benham — R
Kendall Hendricks — R
Carolyn Louise Miller — R
Steven Patterson — R
William S. Shufflebarger — R
Paul Eric Spoonamore — R
Andrew Torrella — R
Diana Virgil — R
Eric L. Wathen — R
MARION TWP. STATE CONVENTION DELEGATE
Julie A. Hardin — R
MIDDLE TWP. STATE CONVENTION DELEGATES
(vote for 3)
Dan J. Devlin — R
Dan currently serves the Brownsburg Kiwanis as treasurer, serves on Middle Township’s Advisory and Hendricks County’s Redevelopment Authority Boards.
Dan also handles multiple coaching positions with Tri-West Youth Sports organizations. He attends Our Shepherd Church in Avon.
Dan, his wife Kim, and children Abby, Hannah, Julia, and Jack live in Pittsboro. Dan graduated from Tri-West High School and from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in agricultural finance. He previously worked in small business consulting before joining the State Bank of Lizton 17 years ago. He serves as vice president and lender, as well as oversees operations of the loan department.
Erin M. Engels — R
UNION TWP. STATE CONVENTION DELEGATE
Jeffrey A. Thompson — R
WASHINGTON TWP. STATE CONVENTION DELEGATES
(vote for 14)
Ronnie Austin — R
Edward Boda — R
Karl P. Buetow — R
James E. Degan — R
Jeff Dorman — R
Don Hodson — R
Dave Jackson — R
Anthony S. Janko — R
Anthony Janko is running for Republican State Delegate.
Born Feb. 11, 1971, he graduated from Purdue University in ‘95 and is a Realtor with The Culpepper Group, RE/MAX Centerstone. He has been married for 15 years and has two children.
Janko is a member of Hendricks County Young Republicans, Vice Precinct Committeeman, and the National Rifle Association.
Nancy Johnson — R
M. Kent McPhail — R
Peter J. Miller — R
Denise Moe — R
Fred G. Palmer — R
Phyllis A. Palmer — R
Linden Swift — R
Marcus A. Turner — R
Jim Tygrett — R
David R. Webb — R
Angie Williams — R
Angie Williams, candidate for delegate to the Indiana Republican Convention, is a devoted community member and proud Hoosier. Committed to Republican ideals, Angie is a Republican precinct committeeperson in Washington Township and has served as delegate to the Indiana Republican Convention. Actively involved in Hendricks County Young Republicans, Angie enjoys assisting in Get Out The Vote efforts.
As a life-long resident of Washington Township, she gives back to the area she loves in a number of ways. Angie currently serves as an officer of both the Hendricks County Fair Board and the Hendricks County Extension Board; is a 4-H Leader of the Washington Winners 4-H Club; and has served on the board of directors of her church.
An avid gardener, Angie is a certified Master Gardener. Angie earned her bachelor of arts in education from Purdue University and her master of science in education from Indiana University.
Your support in the upcoming election is greatly appreciated.
Allan L. Yackey — R
Eva Yackey — R
Gregory A. Zusan — R
AT-LARGE STATE CONVENTION DELEGATES
(vote for 28)
Virginia Alexander — D
Gaynal P. Behling — D
Len Behling — D
Charles Bender — D
Sheri Bender — D
Michael Douglas — D
Shawn Dukes-Douglas — D
Maclean Eke — D
(vote for 99)
BROWN TWP. DISTRICT 1
Sandra Gorsuch — D
BROWN TWP. DISTRICT 2
Howard Sims — D
BROWN TWP. DISTRICT 6
Phyllis “Kathie” Byers — D
BROWN TWP. DISTRICT 8
David A. Sims — D
CENTER TWP. DISTRICT 2
Linda Lasiter — D
CENTER TWP. DISTRICT 7
Catherine Trapp — D
GUILFORD TWP. DISTRICT 4
Lee R. Edmundson — D
GUILFORD TWP. DISTIRCT 6
Karine L. Huys — D
GUILFORD TWP. DISTRICT 7
Mary Wollitz-Dooley — D
GUILFORD TWP. DISTRICT 8
Gaynal P. Behling — D
GUILFORD TWP. DISTRICT 9
Mark R. Waterfill — D
GUILFORD TWP. DISTRICT 13
Frances E. Price — D
GUILFORD TWP. DISTRICT 14
Ruth E. Hadley — D
GUILFORD TWP. DISTRICT 15
Earl W. Chestnut Sr. — D
LIBERTY TWP. DISTRICT 2
Jeffrey S. Fites — D
LINCOLN TWP. DISTRICT 17
Doug Beebe — D
LINCOLN TWP. DISTRICT 18
Marilyn L. Faris — D
MARION TWP. DISTRICT 1
Ron Faulkner — D
WASHINGTON TWP. DISTRICT 6
David Lucas — D
David Edward Lucas was born Oct. 8, 1943, in Fort Wayne, the third of six children. He was raised in Columbia City in Whitely County, and attended West Ward Grade School, Marshal Memorial Junior High, and Columbia City Joint High School. He moved to Churubusco and finished high school there in 1961.
Lucas joined the Indiana National Guard in 1962 and worked as full-time technician for the Army at Fort Wayne as a automotive mechanic.
He married “the love of his life,” Mary Ann Lane, in Columbia City in 1967. They have two children, Jeffery and Jill. The family relocated to Avon in 1979.
Lucas transferred to Stout Field in Indianapolis and worked in the electronic shop as a missile maintenance equipment technician, radio teletype repairman, and radio technician.
He retired from the National Guard in 1989, with the rank of master sergeant. He retired from Civil Service in 1989. He then worked from 1991 until retiring in 2004 as a plant maintenance technician and packaging equipment technician for PEPSICO (Frito-Lay) in Frankfort.
Lucas is a member of the American Legion, Brownsburg Post 331, where he serves as historian officer. He also operates the American Legion Post 331 bingo games on Thursday evenings.
He is a retired life member of Military Affiliated Radio Service (MARS) and a life member of the Amateur Radio Relay League. He is an amateur radio operator, as well as a “car nut” who enjoys restoring antique vehicles and attending car shows.
Lucas worked as a Democratic clerk and judge for about 10 years at Avon Washington Township 6th Precinct.
WASHINGTON TWP. DISTRICT 8
Duane S. Fleener — D
WASHINGTON TWP. DISTRICT 13
Carolyn A. Turner — D
WSHINGTON TWP. DISTRICT 21
Dolly M. Starnes — D
WASHINGTON TWP. DISTRICT 22
Janet Currier — D
WASHINGTON TWP. DISTRICT 23
Carlotte Lewis Martin — D
WASHINGTON TWP. DISTRICT 24
Willie L. Garrett — D
AVON SCHOOL BOARD
Gary Brinkman is seeking re-election to the Avon School Board. He is presently serving as the president of the board.
He and his wife Tammy have been married for 30 years and have two children who are both Avon High School graduates. Their daughter is a special education teacher and their son is a music teacher, both teaching in Indiana public schools. Brinkman has lived in the Avon community for most of his life, attending kindergarten through high school at Avon schools.
Brinkman graduated from Avon High School and Purdue University. He said he plans to continue to broaden his education and knowledge of school issues faced by school corporations through his involvement in school leadership at the local, state, and national levels. Gary is active in the Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA). He has participated as an ISBA committee chairperson for the legislative and nominating committees.
Brinkman is a member of Ben Davis Christian Church where he has served as a past elder and Sunday school teacher. He is a past president of the Avon Elementary PTO, served on the Sycamore Elementary School redistricting committee prior to becoming a school board member, and is an Indiana School Boards Association master school board member.
Gary has worked 34 years at McBroom Electric, where he serves as sales manager. He has also been an adult education instructor for the Electric League of Indiana (ELI) and continuing education program, and has received the ELI Meritorious Service Award for community involvement.
“I am committed to the stability of our schools by being fiscally responsible as my past service has demonstrated,” Brinkman said. “I am honored to serve my community as a member of the Avon Board of School Trustees. I am proud of our heritage and enthusiastic about our future. As an Avon High School graduate myself, Avon is not just a place to live, it is a place I call home. I will continue to support policies and curriculum that will provide opportunities for Avon students to achieve their highest potential.”
Brinkman added that he looks forward to the opening of River Birch Elementary, as well as the opening of the Avon Advanced Learning Center this fall.
“This is needed space for our increasing student population, and an environment that will provide an opportunity to challenge every student to learn and grow in their educational experience at Avon.” he said. “I am ever mindful of the continued support from our taxpayers in the community for our schools. I will continue to be a responsible steward of every tax dollar.”
Brinkman said he encourages and supports the optional new full-day kindergarten program this fall.
“Data shows us the benefits and importance of getting our early learners off to a good start in the beginning of their education,” he said.
He is proud of the achievement of Avon’s high school graduates with a 94 percent graduation rate, which is the second highest in the state. Avon has seven Indiana Four Star Schools, has been repeatedly named an Indiana “Best Buy” School by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, has a state champion golf team, and has a national and state champion marching band. Student achievement is the pride of Avon schools.
Brinkman is committed to Avon’s focused strategic plan which includes improving student achievement and maintaining a climate and culture that embraces all students in the Avon community.
“I will continue to support initiatives by encouraging district-wide professional development, enhancing interaction to build stronger and more authentic relationships, and managing school population growth for our future needs,” he said. “It is my heart’s desire to continue to serve as an Avon school board member. I would appreciate your support through your vote on May 4.”
For more information, please visit the website at www.brinkmanforavonschoolboard.com.
Pamela J. DeWeese
I seek re-election because I am passionate about education and care deeply about the educational well-being of all children — no matter their gender, race, ability, or disability. I am committed to increasing student achievement; fiscal responsibility; positive and productive relationships with students, families, employees, and the community; and pro-active strategic planning with integrity and accountability.
With 16 years of school board experience, I am well-prepared and have demonstrated experienced, positive, level-headed leadership. Through 20 years of community service, I believe I have lived a life of service to others upon which the public can rely. I am particularly proud to be founder and president of the new Avon Education Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting innovation, creativity, and excellence in Avon Schools without tax dollars.
During my tenure on the school board, Avon’s students have achieved a 94 percent graduation rate, 90 percent attendance, 85-90 percent college attendance, above-average SAT scores, seven “Four Star” schools, and millions of dollars in scholarships.
State budget cuts now threaten educational programs. Through strategic planning, of which I am proud to have been a part, Avon Schools are well-positioned to address these challenges. Continued vigilance, creative thinking, and experienced leadership are required to maintain good programs, staff, and high academic achievement. I want what you want — safe, motivating, responsible, family-friendly schools. Our children deserve no less!
I have been a past president of the Avon School Board; was named a “Master” board member and “Exemplary School Board” by the Indiana School Boards Association; served on the Avon United Methodist Church Finance Committee; and have been involved in the past with PTO (past president), Partners in Education Program (founder), Redistricting Committees, Band and Sports Boosters, Dollars for Scholars, Avon Junior Miss, and Girl Scouts.
I have a master’s degree in education and speech therapy from Indiana University, worked 21 years as director of clinical research for the I.U. School of Medicine, and eight years as a children’s speech therapist.
My husband, Dr. Eric DeWeese, and I have been married for 33 years and have two daughters who are Avon High School graduates. One is now a public school music teacher and the other is a pediatric physical therapist.
For more information, please visit www.DeWeeseforSchoolBoard.com. Thank you for your support.
Marquita R. Walker
My interest in running as a candidate for the Avon Community School Corporation stems from my experience as a parent and grandparent of children in the public school system, my experience with teaching and administration in the public school system, and my educational background in educational administration.
I am concerned about the efficiency umbrella under which our public school system currently operates and feel the most important element of public schools, our children, is often sacrificed at the expense of efficiency measures. I know the importance of data driven decisions and believe each school board member, faced with difficult choices because of economic constraints, must delicately balance those efficiency/equity decisions with keeping our most valuable resource, our children, in mind.
My two most important areas of interest in seeking this office revolve around keeping children in school from Pre-K to secondary school and nutrition and exercise. It is imperative that children from elementary school through high school attend classes each day in order to build a solid foundation for their future, develop dignity for themselves and self-respect for others, and grow emotionally and intellectually as life-long learners.
I also believe that a healthy lifestyle which encourages nutritious food and rigorous exercise is important both directly for good health and indirectly contributes to continuous learning.
If elected to the school board, I would work to encourage polices which promote staying in school and nutrition and exercise.
BROWNSBURG SCHOOL BOARD
At-Large (Brown or Lincoln Twp.)
Tom Kmetz understands what a quality school system means to our children and our community and he is committed to making sure Brownsburg schools are the best.
With two children currently attending Brownsburg schools, Tom and his wife Kristal have been residents of Brownsburg for nearly 10 years. It was the reputation of the Brownsburg schools that brought them here and Tom intends to make sure that reputation and the high quality of our schools continue to get better and better.
Tom is a certified public accountant and currently works as a chief financial officer in the healthcare industry. With 17 years of business and budget experience, he has worked in public accounting and has held leadership positions at hospitals and laboratories. He has a proven track record of leading and the necessary board experience to lead within a group.
Tom believes strongly that our schools are the most important asset to our community. He feels very strongly that our expert teachers are what truly make our school system great and the futures of our children even greater. Tom understands the struggles of creating and maintaining a budget with a diminishing income stream. This is what he does in his career, and this is the same experience he wants to bring to the Brownsburg School Board. As a taxpayer, Tom understands the burden of high taxes, most of which go to our school system. This is why he has taken such an active interest in the future of our schools.
Tracy Sullivan is a five-year resident of Brownsburg. As a graduate of Ohio Northern University with a BSBA in accounting and Indiana Wesleyan with a MBA, she is a financial analyst for a leading agrochemical and biotechnology company.
Based on the quality of the Brownsburg School Corporation and the local support of the community, she and her husband chose to locate to the town prior to their son’s first year of school.
Committed to serving the community, Sullivan is a committee member of the Brownsburg “Lunch Bunch,” her son’s school PSG, a 2009 member of BCSC Vision class, and a steering team and commission member of the EnVision 20/20 initiative.
As a parent, she volunteers as coach/team parent of the Brownsburg Little League and Brownsburg Junior Football and Basketball programs.
She has previously served on the board of the Indianapolis Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants and as a member of the NorthPark Community Credit Union’s Supervisory Committee.
With a commitment to continue to strive for “Higher Achievement Together” and with an understanding of the stewardship that comes along with financial responsibility, she is willing to do her part to continue to make the Town of Brownsburg a great place to live for everyone.
For the past four years, David Ayers has served as a member of the Board of School Trustees for the Brownsburg Community School Corporation. Since 2008, he has helped lead the board as president.
Committed to serving the interests of all students, Ayers is the board’s representative on committees involving contract negotiations, the school calendar, and finance. He is also the board’s representative to the Town of Brownsburg’s Redevelopment Commission and is a member of the Indiana School Boards Association.
A resident of Brownsburg for nearly 10 years, Ayers works as a public relations counselor for an Indianapolis advertising agency. He is the firm’s director of public relations and serves as an account supervisor.
A graduate of Ball State University, Ayers holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He and his wife, Sharon, have two children.
DANVILLE SCHOOL BOARD
Bill Bradshaw, 62, is a retired school teacher. He earned a B.S. and M.S. from Indiana State University and has teaching degrees in physical education, life science, general science, health, and special education.
He served two years in the U.S. Army.
Having spent most of his life in the classroom as either a student or a teacher, he wants to continue making a contribution to the educational community in Danville as a member of the local school board. He looks forward to working with others to ensure all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
James (Keith) Gill
Keith Gill is the chief of police for the Town of Danville, taking that position in November 2006 after more than 27 years with the Indiana State Police. He is currently the treasurer for the board of directors of the Danville Public Library, as well as second vice president for the FBI National Academy Associates of Indiana. He is a member of the Danville United Methodist Church and the Western Star Lodge 26, F.&A.M.
Keith believes a well rounded education includes academic excellence, athletics and sports, the arts, and extra-curricular activities. He also believes reading is the key to a good education and successful life.
Keith and his wife, Addie, live in Danville and are active with many community functions. Addie has been employed at WellPoint for more than 15 years and is an accountant, earning her CPA in 2009.
Keith’s two hobbies are reading and touring on his Harley.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and invites Center Township citizens to share their educational concerns with him.
MILL CREEK SCHOOL BOARD
At-Large (Clay, Franklin, or Liberty Twp.)
Margaret “Maggie” Weatherman is a 1982 Cascade High School graduate. She earned a B.S. from the University of Tennessee; a J.D. from the University of Tennessee School of Law; and an M.S. from the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Ala. She is an attorney, currently serving as a colonel in the USAF Reserves Judge Advocate Corps.
She was in active duty prior to joining the reserves and has deployed to the Middle East.
Maggie is married to Lt. Col. Shannon Weatherman (AF - retired) and has two daughters. One a freshman at Purdue University and the other a sophomore at Cascade High School.
She attends Clayton Christian Church, is a member of the Mill Creek Optimist Club, and runs a summer swim program at the Cascade pool.
In addition, she is the Cascade Middle School girls’ swim coach, CMS assistant track coach, CHS PTO secretary, a substitute teacher, and served on various committees for the school corporation.
Sheldon R. Cooper
My name is Mark Keutzer and I am running for re-election to the Liberty Township seat to the Mill Creek School Board.
I have lived in Liberty Township with my wife Debbie for 29 years and we have two children attending Cascade High School. By profession I am a certified real estate appraiser with an office in Plainfield.
I have been a member of the Mill Creek School Board for nearly four years and in that time have seen many good things happen at our schools. It takes time to understand the workings of a school corporation and I believe that I am the most qualified of the three candidates to help Mill Creek schools weather the current uncertain financial times. As the state continues to cut school budgets, we, the boards, are forced to balance the educational needs within the constraints of the available finances.
A school board’s primary function is to oversee and insure financial stability while providing a good quality education for the students. I believe that the Mill Creek Board has been successful in maintaining this balance. If re-elected, I will do my best to continue this progress.
NORTHWEST HENDRICKS SCHOOL BOARD
At-Large (Eel River, Middle, or Union Twp.)
Eel River Township
Connie L. Bowman
PLAINFIELD SCHOOL BOARD
Bart Beal is running for Plainfield School Board.
I operate my personal and business life on the basic principles of faith, honesty, trust, and hard work.
I have the skills and experience to provide reasonable, common sense, value-based leadership that the students deserve and the Plainfield community expects.
Sound reasoning, responsibility, and accountability in financial decisions are the principles I will apply as a school board member.
My wife, Bonnie, and I have lived in the Plainfield community for more than 23 years. We are actively involved in Plainfield Christian Church and have two daughters, a son, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.
n Twenty-eight years with Duke Energy, currently serving as director of community relations;
n Eight years previous school board service;
n Currently serve on the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce Board, Hendricks County Community Foundation Advisory Board, and Hendricks Regional Health Foundation Board.
“My passion is community service,” Beal said. “My goal is to provide sound leadership and teamwork to continue and improve the legacy of education excellence in Plainfield.”
Your vote for Bart Beal is greatly appreciated.
Floyd E. Stanley
Floyd E. Stanley Jr. has a B.S. degree in organizational management.
He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Plainfield, formerly served as president of the American Postal Workers Union in Terre Haute, and belongs to the Indiana Association of Realtors and the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors.
Floyd has two children — a 12-year-old and a 9-year-old — who attend elementary school in Plainfield.
His platform is to divert the current costs going to the high school to the elementary schools to offset the costs of school supplies and to make each school raise their own funds for activities.
Mark J. Todisco
A 1976 graduate of Indiana University School of Business, Mark and his wife Linda have lived in Plainfield for 24 years. He began his career with JC Penney as a buyer from 1976 to ‘82. He has worked for Hallmark Cards, Inc. since 1982. Mark is currently the market development manager for the Walgreen Drug Store chain — Hallmark’s No. 1 account. He has won six national sales awards (three in the last four years), including Sales Trainer of the Year, and is a graduate of the Hendricks County Leadership program of 2005. Mark was recently selected to the National Register of Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals for 2005 and ‘08.
Mark and Linda Todisco will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this coming September. Together, they have three sons — Ryan, Chris, and Chad — who are graduates of the Plainfield Community School Corporation. They have three grandchildren — Kenlee, Kaitlynn, and Nolan — who are currently attending Plainfield Community School Corporation. The Todiscos are members of the Plainfield Christian Church.
Mark is a member of the Plainfield Optimist Club where he served on the board of directors for two years. He was a board member of the Plainfield Baseball Little League for five years and served as the director in 1997. Mark has held a number of coaching positions in baseball, football, and basketball. He is currently an advisor on the Plainfield Teenage Baseball Board, beginning his 12th year as part of this organization. Mark is a former president of the Red Pride Athletic Booster Club for three years and was active in the organization for more than 11 years. He is currently a volunteer in the United Way Read Up program at Clark’s Creek Elementary.
Mark has 16 years of experience on the school board, and is currently the second vice-president. He works closely with the school administrators, staff, and community. He represents the board on the Town of Plainfield’s Redevelopment Commission. The school system has an outstanding staff that is pro-active with a goal to constantly improve the quality of education offered to students. Mark would be the first to say “We are not perfect, but we are constantly trying to improve.”
The school system has introduced various new programs over his 16 years on the board and continues to be considered one of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s “Best Buys” School Corporations in the state.
Todisco believes he is uniquely qualified to be a Plainfield School Board member by bringing the focus and discipline of the competitive business world, bringing 34 years of experience to the business of public education. As a homeowner and taxpayer, he understands that elected officials must be strong servant leaders and responsible stewards of the tax dollars that pay for public education.
As a parent and grandfather, Mark understands how important it is to have an open heart and mind to education. With his three sons graduating from the Plainfield school system and now with a second generation of grandchildren, he knows how important a solid education is for the future of any individual. As a volunteer in his community, he knows the rewards of sharing family time with the larger family of friends and associates who have the common goal of making Plainfield the best place to raise children. As a husband, father, and grandfather he understands that children and families are integral to and inseparable from the process of educating children.
Mark Todisco’s vision — To see that every student who graduates from this school system is a success story, an individual who can maturely and productively enter the world of work or higher education with the necessary skills to achieve his or her goals.
Interested residents with questions can call him at 839-5780 or 201-8902 or (mtodis1@Hallmark.com).