After what he says has been a collaborative and innovative first term, Jeff Hern is running for reelection to the Hamilton County Council.
Hern and fellow Republican incumbents Rick McKinney and Brad Beaver are bidding to keep their seats in a field of five other Republicans: Lyneen Burrow, John Ditslear, Sue Maki, Steve Nation and Tony Scott.
Gardiner Bink III, a Democrat, is also seeking the seat.
“As a volunteer in Hamilton County for the last 17 years and elected official for the last nine years, I have always had two goals – keep government limited while easy to navigate, and always be accessible to the county’s residents,” Hern said. “With every decision I have made as a county councilor, I have sought to be collaborative, innovative and always keep taxpayers first.”
Hern said his top priorities are maintaining efficient and effective public safety and providing high-quality of living with low taxes, but looking ahead, he said he wants to secure a shelter for domestic abuse victims in Hamilton County.
“I really look forward to continuing to provide resources to the northern part of the county that sometimes can be neglected,” he said. “One of the things I am most proud of is the impact we were able to make (when I served as) Fall Creek Township Trustee. I tripled the size of the food pantry, created a back-to-school backpack program and implemented an adopt-a-family (program) during the holidays, all without using taxpayer dollars. After six years as trustee, the township became debt-free and lowered taxes each year.”
Hern has a degree in marketing and interpersonal relations from Ball State University. He works in executive management for food industry sales. He has been married to Kathy for 21 years. They have three sons, Austin, Max and Jack, who attend Hamilton Southeastern Schools.
The primary election is June 2. Learn more about Hern and his campaign at jeffhern.com.