Evan Bayh’s decision not run again for his seat in the U.S. Senate has brought several Republicans out to battle for a position on the November ballot — five to be precise.
The Republican nomination is being sought by Don Bates Jr., Richard Behney, Dan Coats, Brad Ellsworth, John Hostettler, and Marlin Stutzman.
Each of these candidates has offered information about themselves online. Here is their biographic information.
Bates is a sixth generation Hoosier, raised on a farm in Greensburg. Today he resides in Winchester with his wife of 15 years, Amy, and their sons Trae, 13, and Blake, 11. From his earliest days, Bates remembers being instilled with the values of hard work, honesty, and responsibility. In 1987 he graduated from Bethel Holiness Christian School in Columbus, and then went on to earn his Th.B. at the Bible Missionary Institute in Rock Island, Ill., in 1991.
He has never held an elected office. For a decade and a half he has worked in the business and financial services sectors.
Bates has served his community in a number of leadership positions, working as a board member of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of Eastern Indiana, and the Star Gennett. He is also a member of the Rotary Club and Lions Club.
For more information about Bates, visit the website at www.donbatesjr.com
Behney and his wife, Laura, have three children. They moved to Fishers in 1994 from Tennessee and say they fell in love with Indiana.
Behney is the owner and CEO of Atta Boy Plumbing Company. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, and attended Wright State University from 1985 to ’89.
In 2008, he became a volunteer for the Hamilton County Republican Party. He took part in the Chicago Tea Party on Feb. 27, 2009.
Behney is the founder of the “Indy Defenders of Liberty” movement in Indianapolis and a founding member of the Indianapolis Tea Party movement.