Candidates running for office in the May 8 Primary Election were invited by the Hendricks County Flyer to submit a photo and profile to introduce themselves to Hendricks County voters.
Here are those who chose to participate, introducing themselves in their own words:
Jonathan Blake, a young yet experienced leader, is seeking the office of Hendricks County Council, At-Large. He is a native of Brownsburg, and graduated from Brownsburg High School in 2002.
After graduating high school, he began working in local government while attending courses at Ivy Tech for Design Technology with a concentration in architectural design. He works in urban/community planning and has served various board appointments in Brownsburg, including the Advisory Plan Commission and the Redevelopment Commission.
In his spare time, Blake runs a small construction and remodeling business (RCS Construction, LLC), serves on the board of trustees for his church, and as president of Haunts of Hidden River, Inc., a local non-profit that raises money for local charities.
As a member of the county council, Blake will focus on the following priorities:
n Accountability Ñ achieved through fiscal responsibility while maintaining quality services that residents depend on. As well as maintaining, updating, and improving failing infrastructure.
n Community Ñ by collaborating with the local government entities (Brownsburg, Avon, Plainfield, Danville, etc.) to attract new businesses, finish the Ronald Reagan Parkway, and benefit from cost-sharing on large purchases (e.g. road salt).
n Transparency Ñ through various means to distribute information to residents and businesses about upcoming meetings and recent decisions affecting them.
For additional information or to get involved, contact Blake by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 858-2977.
Mike Blinn is the Democratic candidate for Indiana State House District 91. Like many political moderates, he changed his party affiliation a few years ago because he was frustrated by talking points and radical ideology crowding out thoughtful debate and compromise in government.