Additionally, Kirkpatrick has served with the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership, the Plainfield Downtown Revitalization Committee, and is a graduate of Leadership Hendricks County. He rounds out his service by teaching Sunday School at First Baptist Church of Plainfield.
His work with many in county leadership through civic and charitable volunteer opportunities has provided a valuable insight into the needs of a growing, suburban county. As a small business owner, he has firsthand experience of the role government plays in developing a climate of economic growth.
Kirkpatrick also spends time as a much sought after trainer and writer, traveling throughout the United States providing workshops on a variety of personal and professional development skills.
Last but not least, he is a husband and father. He has been happily married to his wife Paula for 18 years and is the father of two beautiful girls: Kayla, a freshmen in college, and Kori, a high school senior.
More information may be found online at www.facebook.com/kirbyforcouncil.
Tara E. Nelson is seeking the U.S. House District 4 seat.
Nelson says sheÕs running for congress to better represent the middle class and those less fortunate. SheÕs committed to making education and health care affordable; ensuring fair gasoline prices by regulating the stock market; creating better access to health care for veterans and ensuring they have employment when they come home from service; protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; lowering the national deficit by withdrawing from Afghanistan; and creating tax incentives for businesses that improve the economy.
Nelson said she is qualified for the office because she has formal leadership training and experience in two Fortune 500 companies. She has five years of management experience, and sheÕs Project Management Professional (PMP) Certified. She has been re-elected as president of Southaven VillaÕs LLC for six years. In addition to her leadership experience, she also has experience in technical writing, validation and quality and believes those job skills will serve her well in congress. She said she will write legislation and identify loopholes and earmarks on her own.