Hamilton County 2020 General Election Guide

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U.S. President

Joseph R. Biden (D)

Jo Jorgensen (L)

Donald Trump (R)*

Governor

Woodrow Myers (D)

Donald Rainwater (L)

Eric Holcomb (R)*

Indiana Fifth Congressional District

For more on the candidates in this race click here.

Christina Hale (D)

  • Personal: Hale is married to Chris and they have a son, Owen, and two dogs, Grace and Pinecone.
  • Background: Hale graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree, and she has worked for several years in leadership for a global organization dedicated to supporting global health and children. She also has worked in community and economic development and education. For several years, she has volunteered for, donated to and served in leadership for many cause-related local organizations, including the Indiana Commission on Latino & Hispanic Affairs, Indiana InternNet, Indiana Humanities, Heartland Film and the Domestic Violence Network. Her most active involvement today is with a board she helped to found and continues to serve on, the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking.
  • Website: haleforcongress.com

Ken Tucker (L)

  • Personal: Tucker is married to Missy and is the father to Stella and Geri. He is a stay-at-home father.
  • Background: Tucker received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and spent 12 years as a public school teacher in elementary and middle schools. He spent nine years as a varsity coach and two years as the Noblesville East Middle School studio producer.
  • Website: tuckerforindiana.com

Victoria Spartz (R)

  • Personal: Spartz is married to Jason and lives in Noblesville with their two daughters. She is the senator for District 20 but is leaving that office to seek the the 5th Congressional District seat.
  • Background: Spartz was born overseas and grew up in Ukraine. She emigrated to the U.S. 20 years ago, became a U.S. citizen and then worked her way up from bank teller to business executive, CPA and business owner.
  • Website: spartzforcongress.com

Senate District 20

Ronnie Saunders III (D)

  • Personal: Saunders is married to Brianna and has two daughters, Layla and Eleanora. He lives in Westfield. The family attends Hope City Church in Carmel. Saunders serves on the Worship Team and First Impressions Team.
  • Background: Saunders works as a firefighter/EMT with the Indianapolis Fire Dept. He earned his bachelor’s degree in legal studies from Indiana State University. He served was an assistant director to the Behavioral Health and
  • Human Services Licensing Board. He also was active with the Association of Social Work Boards.  He then served as an educator at Lawrence Central High School where he worked in the Special Education Dept. While at Lawrence Central, he was an offensive assistant coach for the varsity football team. He is a member of the Health & Safety Committee, a Peer Support Specialist and an Information Technology Special Assistant. He volunteers with the American Cancer Society where he participates in the Relay for Life. He is an entrepreneur, operating MoveRight Media and Design, LLC which is a graphics, media and web design agency.
  • Website: saundersforindiana.com

Scott Baldwin (R)

  • Personal: Baldwin lives in Noblesville with his wife Jaime and three children Grace, Luke and Elyse. They are active members of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and their children attend school there. Baldwin serves on the Parish Finance Council and volunteers as a youth football coach with the Catholic Youth Organization. Baldwin also serves on the Hamilton County Health Board, Hamilton County Redevelopment Commission and is a former board member of Crime Stoppers, Riverview Hospital and Food Rescue. He is a life member of the American Legion, the VFW and the NRA.
  • Background: Baldwin is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with more than 25 years of military and law enforcement experience. He was deployed during Operation Desert Storm and returned to Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom, where he assisted Marine Corps personnel in identifying and apprehending high-value, anti-coalition elements and narco-terrorists. He then served as an officer with the Indiana Dept. of Corrections and as a patrol officer, field training supervisor, narcotics detective and homicide unit supervisor with the Indianapolis Police Dept. for more than a decade where he earned two Medals of Bravery and a Medal of Valor. He also volunteered as a reserve detective with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. He is a successful business owner who has owned or helped grow several companies in the IT, real estate, construction and security sectors. He is owner and president of Envoy, Inc., a construction and real estate development firm.
  • Website: votebaldwin.com

Senate District 30

Fady Qaddoura (D)

  • Personal: Qaddoura is married to Samar, and they have two daughters.
  • Background: Qaddoura has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from the University of New Orleans, a master’s degree in public administration from IUPUI and a doctorate in philanthropy and public policy from IUPUI. He also holds multiple certificates such as Executive Leadership from Rice University Leadership Institute for Not-for-Profit Executives and Public Policy Mediation and Dispute Resolution from O’Neil School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He has worked for the Indiana Senate and Indiana Statehouse as a policy and legal intern and been a policy analyst at the Dept. of Workforce Development, a senior manager at the Indiana State Family and Social Services Administration and controller and chief financial officer for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County. He also taught philanthropy and public finance as an adjunct faculty member at IUPUI.
  • Website: Fady4Indiana.com

John Ruckleshaus (R)*

  • Personal: Ruckelshaus is married to Mary and has three children, Drew, Maggie and Jay. 
  • Background: Ruckelshaus is the incumbent senator for District 30. He is the director of business development at Van Ausdall & Farrar. He graduated from Pike High School and Indiana University and is the former co-owner of Carter-Lee Lumber Company. Ruckelshaus served as a state representative from 1990 to 1992, as deputy commissioner for the Dept. of Workforce Development from 2006 to 2008 and has been a state senator since 2016.
  • Website: senatorruckelshaus.com, Twitter @senJohnRuck, Facebook @JohnRuckelshausSD30.

State Representative District 24

Naomi Bechtold (D)

  • Personal: Bechtold is married to Marty, and they have lived in Carmel since 2008. They have two children, one who went to Creekside Middle School and both graduated from Brebeuf Jesuit High School.
  • Background: Bechtold has a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University and an MBA from Lehigh University. She is an Accredited Financial Counselor. She works as an extension specialist for Purdue Extension. She is a board member for the Carmel Clay Parks Foundation, founding member of the Carmel Kiwanis Club and the past president for the Indiana affiliate of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  • Website: bechtoldforindiana.com

Donna Schaibley (R)*

  • Personal: Schaibley lives in Carmel with her husband, John. They have two children and two grandchildren. Schaibley is a member of the Carmel Rotary Club.
  • Background: Schaibley is the incumbent for District 24 and has been since 2015. Schaibley was born and raised in Indiana. She graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in education and political science. She has worked in the administration of two major universities, was a leader on the Board of Trustees of the Orchard School and served as a substitute teacher in the Carmel Clay schools and as a volunteer in the community. Schaibley is vice chairman of the Courts and Criminal Code Committee and is a member of the Insurance Committee, the Financial Institutions Committee and the Recycling Marketing Development Board. She has authored and sponsored numerous bills which she successfully helped enact into law. Her recent accomplishments include authoring or sponsoring legislation making schools more secure, enabling patients to discover health care costs in advance of treatment by requiring price transparency and strengthening the rights of victims of sexual assault and human trafficking.
  • Website: schaibleyforindiana.com or State Representative Donna Schaibley on Facebook.

State Representative District 29

Mike Vick (D)

  • Personal: Vick is married to Amanda. They have two children and live in Noblesville. They are active members of Waterline Church, where Vick volunteers on the setup crew.
  • Background: Vick attended the University of San Francisco, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in political science. He also attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary but had to leave before completing a doctoral program. He plans to finish at some point in the future. He was a journalist for approximately 10 years. Since 2016, he has done political organizing on behalf of SEIU, AFL-CIO, Greenpeace, the Indiana Democratic Party and Citizens Action Coalition.
  • Website: votevick2020.com

Chuck Goodrich (R)*

  • Personal: Goodrich lives in Noblesville with his wife, Tricia. They have four children. The Goodrich family is active in the Noblesville community and are members of White River Christian Church.
  • Background: Goodrich is the incumbent representative for District 29. He is president and CEO of Gaylor Electric, Inc. He began his career with Gaylor Electric in 1991 as a summer intern and moved up to various leadership positions within the company. He was named president in 2014 and CEO in 2018. Goodrich has served as past national chairman of the board of directors for National Associated Builders and Contractors, is past chairman and current board member of the Riverview Health Foundation in Noblesville and past chairman and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Purdue Construction Advisory Council for Building Construction Management. He works with the Hamilton County Workforce Innovation Network, is a member of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development’s Region 5 Workforce Development Board and is chairman of the Indiana/Kentucky ABC chapter. Goodrich also serves as chairman for the charity, David’s Well. He has won the James J. Leonard Memorial Award; Business Person of the Year, City of Noblesville; the ABC Outstanding Chapter Support Award; and the Gaylor Optimist Award. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in building construction management.
  • Website: chuckgoodrichforindiana.com or facebook.com/ChuckGoodrich2020.

State Representative District 32

Amie Neiling (D)

Neiling has suspended her campaign.

Tony Cook (R)*

  • Personal: Cook is married to Kathryn, and they have two adult sons, Tyler and Travis. They have three grandsons. Cook has volunteered as a community sports coach and advisor and has mentored school administrators. He has been a member of the Cicero Christian Church for 38 years and is involved in numerous volunteer activities there.
  • Background: Cook is the incumbent representative for District 32. He graduated from Hamilton Heights High School and attended Anderson University on an athletic/academic scholarship, where he played football and baseball. He received a degree in social studies and physical education and health and went on to earn his master’s in education/administration from Butler University and his EdD in curriculum and administration from Purdue University.
  • He worked for 41 years as the superintendent for Hamilton Heights, and he also worked as a high school principal for Hamilton Heights and Noblesville high schools. He said one highlight of his professional career as a principal was the successful integration of Ryan White (nationally first AIDS student admitted without restrictions) into Hamilton Heights High School. During his six years in the legislature, he was selected as the Mitch Daniels and Cheri Daniels Community Health Leader of the Year, the Indiana Architecture Association, Legislator of the Year and the Indiana Humane Society Legislator of the year. He has authored, co-authored and sponsored more than 50 bills that have been enacted into law.
  • Website: Not provided.

State Representative District 37

Aimee Rivera Cole (D)

  • Personal: Rivera Cole is married to Randy Cole and has two children, A.J. Rivera and Ally Rivera. She is a member of Holy Spirit Parish at Geist. 
  • Background: Rivera Cole received her law degree. from Valparaiso University School of Law, and her bachelor’s degree in business from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. She is a senior counsel for Travelers Staff Counsel. She has volunteered with and filled various positions for Sagamore Inn of Court, Fishers TigerOne, Fishers Girls Lacrosse Board, Fishers Gridiron Board, Mock Trial, We the People, Fishers Rugby Board, HSE Lacrosse Board, Southeastern Youth Rugby Board and Knights Cheer. 
  • Websitevotecole2020.com

Todd Huston (R)*

  • Personal: Huston lives in Fishers with his wife, Denise, and their two children, Elizabeth and Jake.
  • Background: Huston is the incumbent for District 37. He is the Speaker of the House and was first elected in 2012. In 2019, he authored the state’s budget (HEA 1001), which included a historic investment in education funding with $763 million in new money for K-12. He previously served on the Hamilton Southeastern School Board, Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation Board, Fishers Planning Commission and Indiana Leadership Forum Board of Directors. Additionally, former Gov. Mitch Daniels twice asked Huston to serve the state, first with a four-year term as a member of the Indiana State Board of Education, and from 2006 to 2009 as a member of the Indiana Education Roundtable. Huston is a senior vice president at The College Board. He is a graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School and Indiana University.
  • Website: Todd Huston for State Representative on Facebook.

State Representative District 39

Ashley Klein (D)

  • Personal: Klein is married to Angela and has three children, Andrew, Alex and Ari.      
  • Background: Klein graduated from Carmel High School in 1999 and from Purdue University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is a small business owner and works as a Realtor at F.C. Tucker Company. She has past experience as a commercial real estate appraiser, law firm paralegal and United Way foster youth coordinator. Klein is the treasurer for the Carmel Democratic Club, a former member of the Prevent Child Abuse Indiana advisory board and previously served as a volunteer head coach for the Carmel High School girls’ rugby team. She worked for the Indiana House Democrats as an intern in 2001.
  • Websitekleinforindiana.com

Jerry Torr (R)*

  • Personal: Torr is a sixth-generation Hoosier and grew up on a family farm in Putnam County. He became a Carmel resident in 1987. He is active in the OneZone Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and Indiana Humanities Council. He also is a past board member of the local chapter of the National MS Society.  
  • Background: Torr is the District 39 incumbent. After studying at Hanover College, he graduated from what is now known as the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Calif. His professional career has been in property and casualty insurance, and most recently title insurance at Near North Title Group. In the legislature, his focus is largely on business issues. He has chaired the Committee on Labor and Employment, the House Rules Committee and currently chairs the House Judiciary Committee. He has been recognized for his leadership on business issues, twice receiving the Indiana Chamber’s Government Leader of the Year Award.
  • Website: Torr for State Representative on Facebook

State Representative District 88

Pam Dechert (D)

  • Personal: Dechert is married to Derek and has lived in the Geist area for 15 years.  Her son attends Forest Glen School of Spanish Immersion in Lawrence Township.
  • Background: Dechert attended Andrean High School in Merrillville and later attended Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She attended graduate school in public policy and nonprofit management at IUPUI. Her professional and volunteer work focuses on helping nonprofits raise money and meet their missions. She’s spent much of her career at Blackbaud, a leading cloud software company powering social good. She recently served as co-chair of the Yes4LawrenceSchools Political Action Committee to successfully pass a $191 million capital referendum. Dechert is the chair of the Benjamin Harrison YMCA Advisory Board, is chair of the Major Gifts Committee and is a longtime volunteer and board member. She serves on the Greater Indianapolis YMCA Financial Development Committee as well as the Diversity, Inclusion and Global Initiatives Committee.
  • Website: pamdechertforindiana.com
Chris Jeter (R)
  • Personal:
    Jeter is married to Karen and they have three children. They are members of Northview Church. Jeter
    serves on the Fishers Economic Development Commission and on the Board of Directors
    for NineStar Connect, a utility company in Greenfield.
  • Background: Jeter graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University. He then went on to receive a law degree from The George Washington University before going into the Navy as a Judge Advocate General Officer for seven years of active duty. He was stationed in a number of posts around the world, including a one-year deployment to Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Website: chrisjeter.com

Judge Circuit Court

*Paul Felix (R)

  • Personal: Felix is married to Nicki and has three children between the ages of 8 and 18. He is a member of the Noblesville Elks Lodge 576 and the Beth El Zedeck Congregation.
  • Background: Felix is the incumbent. He is unopposed. He is a volunteer with the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program and the YMCA. Felix received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 1992 and his J.D. from the Indiana University Law School in 1995. He volunteers on the Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness and with the Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. He is a member of the Indiana Judicial Conference and is the lead judge for Hamilton County’s Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative and has been the presenter at several Bench and Bar CLE conferences.
  • Website: Not provided

Judge Superior Court No. 3

William Hughes (R)*

  • Personal: Hughes has lived in Noblesville for the 40 years and has two sons and four grandchildren. He has been active in volunteer educational activities for the National Judicial College, the Judicial Conference of Indiana, the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum and the Hamilton County Bar Association. He also is a fellow of the Indiana State Bar Foundation and a fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.  
  • Background: Hughes is the incumbent. He is unopposed. He attended the University of Evansville for his undergraduate degree and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He attended the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis, now the Robert McKinney School of Law. He was sworn in as the first judge of Hamilton Superior Court 3 in 1988. He is a graduate of the Indiana Judicial College and a graduate of the Graduate Program for Indiana Judges. 
  • Website: Not provided

Judge Superior Court No. 4

J. Richard Campbell (R)*

  • Personal: Campbell is married to Laura and they have a son, Benjamin. They live in Carmel. Campbell serves as a member on the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. He also is a member of the Hamilton County Community Corrections Board.
  • Background: Campbell is the incumbent. He is unopposed. He has been the judge for 24 years. He is a graduate of Carmel High School, the University of Evansville and the Indiana School of Law in Indianapolis. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked as a data processing manager. Prior to becoming a judge, he worked at the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office and worked in private practice.
  • Website: None

Judge Superior Court No. 5

David K. Najjar (R)*

  • Personal: Najjar is married to Karen, and they have three children, Katherine, Nicholas and Nathaniel. He is active with his church, St. George Orthodox Church in Fishers.
  • Background: Najjar is the incumbent. He is unopposed. He graduated from Indiana University in 1994 and from the McKinney School of Law in 1997. He was a deputy prosecuting attorney in Hamilton County for seven years prior to being appointed as a magistrate for the Hamilton Superior Courts in 2005. In 2017, he was appointed as judge of Hamilton Superior Court 5 by Gov. Eric Holcomb. He is a graduate of the Indiana Judicial College and serves on the Indiana judiciary on the Domestic Relations Committee.
  • Website: @davidnajjarforjudge on Facebook

County Auditor

Michael Roberts (D)

  • Personal: Roberts has been married for seventeen years and has four children.
  • Background: Roberts has worked in the private and public sectors throughout his career, with his most recent position involving risk management, insurance and regulatory compliance. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of South Florida, and he graduated from the Florida Law Enforcement Analyst Program
  • Website: secure.actblue.com/donate/michael-roberts-2

Robin Mills (R)*

  • Personal: She was married for 26 years to Jim Mills and widowed in 2007. She has two children, Jared and Shelby.
  • Background: Mills is the incumbent. She is unopposed. She is a 1980 graduate of Noblesville High School. She is a 1998 graduate of Hamilton County Leadership Academy. Mills served as the county’s auditor from 2001 to 2008 and then again in 2017 to present. She was the chief deputy auditor from 1994 through 1999 and 2006 through 2016. She is vice president of the East Central District of Indiana Auditor’s Association, a member and past president and past secretary of the Cicero Kiwanis, a member of the Hamilton County Republican Women’s Club and a member of the Hamilton County GOP Breakfast Club. Her platforms are providing transparency, efficiency and accessibility to all citizens of Hamilton County
  • Website: millsforauditor.com or Robin M. Mills for Hamilton County Auditor on Facebook. 

County Treasurer

Jake Madore (D)

  • Personal: Madore lives in Carmel with his wife and two cats.
  • Background: Madore attended the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. He interned at the Indiana Dept. of Revenue as a hearing officer and then worked at the Indiana Economic Development Corp. Since then, he has worked in a tax consulting firm. He currently is the tax manager for a national retailer with tax obligations throughout North America. His volunteer efforts have been focused on the O’Connor House. He also makes regular blood donations.
  • Website: Jake for HamCo Treasurer on Facebook

Susan Byer (R)

  • Personal: Byer is the mother of two daughters, Madison and Morgan. She is an Arcadia resident and a volunteer parent leader for the Hamilton County 4-H Horse & Pony Club and the 4-H Dog Club. She also volunteers on the board of the Hamilton County Horseman’s club.
  • Background: Byer graduated from Hamilton Heights High School and attended Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She worked as the bankruptcy/lender clerk at the Hamilton County Treasurer’s Office for approximately 13 years.
  • Website: Susan Byer for Hamilton County Treasurer on Facebook.

County Surveyor

Brad Beer (D)

  • Beer did not respond to Current for the election guide. This information was pulled from a story previously published in Current Publishing.
  • Personal: Beer has an 11-year-old son and lives in Noblesville.
  • Background: Beer is a firmware engineer.
  • Website: beer4surveyor.com

Kenton Ward (R)*

  • Personal: Ward is married to Robin. They have two children, Kate and Alex, and three grandsons. Ward is a member of the Noblesville First Christian Church, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, American Legion and Indiana Farm Bureau. He is a life member of the Hamilton County Historical Society, the Noblesville High School Alumni Association, Purdue Alumni Association, National Eagle Scout Association and the National Rifle Association. He also serves as a Republican precinct committeeman.
  • Background: Ward is the incumbent. He is unopposed. He has served as the Hamilton County Surveyor since 1977. He has an associate’s degree in architectural technology, a bachelor’s degree in construction technology, both from Purdue University. He also has a certificate in public management and a Master of Public Affairs, both from Indiana University. He is a 1995 graduate of the DIPLOMA program of the Association of Indiana Counties, a 1995 graduate of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy and a 2014 graduate of the Indiana Watershed Leadership Program. He is a certified floodplain manager, certified erosion sediment and stormwater inspector, certified professional in municipal stormwater management and is a certified inspector of sediment and erosion control.
  • Website: Not provided.

County Commissioner District 2

Steven Dillinger (R)*

  • Personal: Dillinger has been a Noblesville resident since 1959. He is married to Renee and has two daughters, five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is a member of Green Valley Church of Christ and has coached the Noblesville Grinders elementary football travel team for 25 years.
  • Background: Dillinger is the incumbent. He is the longest-serving county commissioner in Indiana. He has served Hamilton County as Commissioner since 1989 and recently won the Outstanding County Commissioner of the Year award in 2019. Professionally, he has owned and operated S. C. Dillinger & Associates Insurance Agency since 1968.
  • Website: stevedillinger.com

County Commissioner District 3

Dan Montgomery (D)

  • Personal: Married to Melda (Jane) Montgomery for 38 years. They have two adult children, Christa and William, who attended Carmel Clay Schools.
  • Background: Montgomery graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and later he acquired a Professional Engineering License in 1987. He is the president and co-founder of Imagine Products, Inc. The high-tech company develops innovative video workflow solutions that help film and media professionals back up, view, analyze, share, transcode and archive their digital-video assets. The Montgomerys have lived in Hamilton County for 34 years with homes in Carmel and Westfield. They attend New Joy Lutheran Church of Westfield and have been active there in board positions and outreach programs. Montgomery helped start and lead the middle school youth group, Together Growing In Faith.
  • Website: commissionerdanmontgomery.com

Mark Heirbrandt (R)*

  • Personal: Heirbrandt is married to Gina, and they have three sons, Black, Ethan and Evan. Heirbrandt lives in Westfield and has been a Hamilton County resident for nearly 30 years. He is active in the Catholic community and is a member of Saint Maria Goretti Catholic Parish in Westfield. Heirbrandt also helps the Humane Society for Hamilton County.
  • Background: Heirbrandt is the incumbent. He is unopposed. He graduated with a double major in chemistry and biology from the University of Indianapolis. During the past 20 years, he has worked in the water and energy-efficiency business. He has received several awards, such as the Local Government Cooperation Award for Ivy Tech in 2015 and State Road 37 Project in 2016 and the Outstanding Commissioners Award in 2014, among others. He also has been a member of several committees, such as the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Humane Society of Hamilton County and others.
  • Website: markheirbrandt.com

County Council At Large (Pick 3)

Gardiner P. Bink III (D)

Bink did not respond to Current for the election guide. Below is information about him published in a previous story.

  • Personal: Bink is married to Tara, and they have a 2-year-old son, Gardiner IV.
  • Background: Bink graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School in 2009 and from Xavier University in 2013 with a degree in business administration. He has worked in accounting and as a business consultant but now is a children’s author.
  • Website: Not provided

Victor Schleich (D)

  • Personal: Schleich is married Alicia, a doctorate candidate at Ball State University.
  • Background: Schleich has lived in Hamilton County most of his life. He graduated from Carmel High School in 2012 and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Purdue University in 2012. He received a master’s degree in education from the University of Indianapolis. He is a teacher at North Central High School teaching U.S. History and Economics. He is an active member of the Indiana State Teachers Association and coaches age group swimming at Carmel Swim Club.
  • Website: schleichforcouncil.com 

Brad Beaver (R)*

  • Personal: Beaver is married to Trini and has three adult children, Lauren, Tyler and Courtney. He attends White River Church in Noblesville.
  • Background: Beaver is an incumbent. He has coached at the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville and Upwards at White River Church, and he volunteers for the Noblesville Miller Backers. He is a member of EAA Chapter 67 in Noblesville and enjoys flying and working on the restoration of old cars. He graduated from Noblesville High School and studied HVAC at Ivy Tech, then started a heating and air conditioning business in Noblesville.
  • Website: bradbeaver.com or Brad Beaver for County Council on Facebook or Beaver4Council on Instagram.

Sue Maki (R)

  • Personal: Maki is married to Tom Kapostasy and has two grown sons. She has lived in Carmel since 1988. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Carmel and served as president from 2009-2010. She is or has been a board member of the Carmel International Arts Festival, Carmel Historic Preservation Commission, Hamilton County Tourism Commission, the Business Excellence Awards Committee, the PTO at Carmel High School and OneZone Commerce. She was the PTO president at Carmel Middle School. She is a graduate of the Hamilton County Leadership Association.
  • Background: Maki has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Baldwin-Wallace University and an MBA from Anderson University. She works as the manager of environmental initiatives and education for Carmel Utilities. She supports infrastructure investment, the public safety training facility and cooperative and strategic growth planning with the long-range goal of keeping taxes low.
  • Website: electsuemaki.com

Steven Nation (R)

  • Personal: Nation was born in Indianapolis and raised in Beech Grove. He has lived in Noblesville with his wife for 36 years and has a daughter, son-in-law, stepson and grandson. Nation launched the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program and is the board president for Indiana Fallen Heroes Foundation.
  • Background: Nation was the first in his family to graduate from college attend law school. He graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in history and math. He received his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law. He then was the prosecuting attorny of Hamilton County for four consecutive terms. In 1995, he became Hamilton County Judge and served four terms before retiring in 2018. He received the Person of the Year award from the International Association of Truancy and Dropout Prevention, and in 2018, was presented the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash Award presented by Gov. Eric Holcomb.
  • Website: nationforcouncil.com

Carmel Clay School Board (vote for two)

Katie Browning*

  • PersonalBrowning has been married for 15 years to Jeff, a self-employed web software developer. She has two children, a daughter in seventh grade and a son in fourth grade.
  • Background: Browning is an incumbent on the CCS board. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is a financial services account manager at Allied Solutions in Carmel. Browning is the vice president of the Carmel Clay School Board and a non-voting commissioner for City of Carmel Redevelopment. She is a former board member for Carmel Parks and Recreation, a former substitute teacher for Carmel Clay Schools, a former director of marketing and business affairs at Flashlight Partners and a former troop leader for Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
  • Website: katiebrowning.com

Susan Chamberlin-Dawes

Chamberlin-Dawes did not respond to Current for the election guide

Beth Glynn

Glynn did not respond to Current for the election guide. This information was pulled from a story about Glynn published in Current in Carmel.

  • Personal: Glynn is married to Fred and has a sophomore daughter at Carmel High School.
  • Background: Glynn is a certified public accountant, a graduate of Lapel High School and Ball State University, where she studied accounting. She also is a graduate of the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law at IUPUI and the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. She has lived in Carmel for 18 years.
  • Website: bethforcarmelschools.com

Sam Harris

  • Personal: Harris moved to Carmel four years ago. He is single and doesn’t have children.
  • Background: Harris received a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University in Michigan and a graduate degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is passionate about the public sector and studied public management and administration. He is involved in the Central Indiana community as a Board Member for the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network and committee member for the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He works as a professional fundraiser for a national educational foundation based in Carmel that provides students with scholarships and educational experiences outside of the classroom.
  • Website: Harris does not have a website specific to his campaign, but he welcomes any inquiries from community members through his email, sampharris2@outlook.com

Benita Hutt

Personal: Hutt is married to Gary and has two sons that graduated from Carmel High School.

  • Background: Hutt has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Eastern Kentucky University, a master’s degree in education from the University of Louisville nad 25 years of teaching experience. She has lived in Carmel for 23 years. She is a volunteer with All Things Carmel, the Carmel Lions Club and the International Arts Festival.
  • Website: benitahutt4CCS.com

Louise Jackson

  • Jackson did not respond to Current for the election guide. This information was pulled from a story published in Current in Carmel.
  • Personal: Jackson is married and has two children.
  • Background: Jackson is the founder and CEO of Talent Cabinet, which helps organizations develop and market their brand and creates human resource strategies. She grew up in Indianapolis and has lived in Carmel for seven years.
  • Website: louisejacksonforcarmelschools.com.

Paige Miller

  • Miller did not respond to Current for the election guide. This information was pulled from a story published in Current in Carmel.
  • Personal: Miller is married to Rob, and they have a son, Bronson.
  • Background: Miller graduated from Carmel High School in 1983 and taught in Carmel Clay Schools for 33 years. Miller retired in May as a fourth-grade high-ability teacher at Smoky Row Elementary.
  • Website: facebook.com/paigekelleymiller

Timothy Moehl

  • Personal: Moehl is married Heather. He has two sons in the Carmel Clay Schools, Mikey and Tommy.
  • Background: Moehl has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue, West Lafayette. He owns a structural consulting engineer firm in Carmel. He works as a forensic structural engineer investigating building damages, including the building damages at Carmel High School due to the December 2018 explosion. Moehl has served four years on the Carmel Plan Commission and is currently on the Home Place Advisory Committee. He is a volunteer on the State Building Code Review Board. He is a nine-year sponsor of OPE’s Taste of Carmel, a seven-year volunteer for the Indy 500 Festival Parade, a six-year volunteer Carmel’s Fourth of July Parade and a volunteer with his sons’ Boy and Cub Scout troops. He is a former Carmel Dads Club Assistant Basketball Coach.
  • Website: Tim Moehl for Carmel Clay School Board on Facebook

Anne Poindexter

  • Personal: Poindexter is married to Brian. They have a daughter, Sydney.
  • Background: Poindexter has a certificate of business administration from the Indiana State Bar Association School for Lawyers, Butler University College of Business. She attended the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in 1990 and has her J.D. from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ball State University. Prior to that, she graduated from Carmel High School. Poindexter is an attorney member at Altman, Poindexter & Wyatt LLC. She previously worked at Campbell Kyle Proffitt LLP and with the Indiana Dept. of Revenue. Poindexter is the secretary for the Center for the Performing Arts Board. She serves on the Hamilton County Shepherd Center board and the VASIA Guardianship Project Counsel. She also is the president of the Indiana State Guardianship Association. Previously, Poindexter was the president of the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation Board from 2014 to 2015 and served on the board of the Carmel Dad’s Club. She has served on the professional advisor leadership council with Central Indiana Community Foundation and also served on the grant screening committee for Susan G. Komen Central Indiana. She previously served on the board of directors and executive committee for the Central Indiana Council on Aging and is a past president of the Westfield Rotary Club.
  • Website: anneforcarmelschools.com

Hamilton Southeastern School Board Fall Creek Township (vote for one)

Jason Arnold

  • Personal: Arnold is married to Farrah, and they have two children.
  • Background: Arnold works as a manager at Eli Lilly. He earned his MBA from Waynesburg University and his bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences from Ohio State University. He serves as his HOA board vice president, is a coach for Mudsock Youth Athletics and is a teacher at Northview Church.
  • Website: facebook.com/Jason-Arnold-HSE-School-Board-103422111484377

Chauna Leigh Holder

  • Personal: Mother to a 9-year-old son, Chase
  • Background: Holder is employed at the Indiana Dept. of Health in the Division of HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis as the Division Nurse Specialist. She is an active member of the Harrison Parkway family, and she served as the PTO vice president from 2016 to 2018.
  • Website: Holder4HSE.com

Matt Stolle

  • Personal: Stolle is married and has two children. His family moved to Fishers in 2006.
  • Background: Stolle graduated from Butler University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a minor in philosophy. He has worked as a financial advisor for more than 25 years with a concentration in planning and institutional management. He has several industry designations and has been recognized by the Financial Times as a Top 401 Advisor.
  • Website: facebook.com/Stolle-for-Hamilton-Southeastern-Schools-590319857756241/

Suzanne Thomas

  • Personal: Thomas was married 23 years and widowed in 2015. She has been raising four kids who attend or attended HSE schools since 2000. She has three graduates, a son from Fishers High School and a son and daughter from HSE High School, and her youngest son is a freshman at HSE High School.
  • Background: Thomas earned her bachelor’s degree from Ball State University majoring in exercise science and physiology. She is a business owner of Thomas TEAM Group Investments, and she has been a Realtor of 22 years. She has nine years of experience as a substitute teacher for grades K-12, she has served in leadership and on boards in several organizations in many schools. She also coached boys basketball and boys football. Thomas is a parishioner at Holy Spirit at Geist Church.
  • Website: thomas4hse.com

Clint Wilson*

  • Personal: Wilson is married and is a father to three, including two who attend HSE School. The third is not yet old enough. He has lived in Fishers since 2013.
  • Background: Wilson is the incumbent for Hamilton Southeastern Schools Board of Trustees Fall Creek Township. He has owned an insurance agency in Fishers since 2019 and has worked for his company in various roles since 2005. He has a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications with a news focus from Ball State University. Wilson is a coach with Mudsock Sports and has volunteered with the Youth Mentoring Initiative for five years. He also volunteers with the HSE Finance Academy and umpires softball games.
  • Website: vote4clint.com

Hamilton Southeastern School Board Delaware Township (vote for one)

Tony Bagato

  • Personal: Bagato has been married for 15 years and has three children.
  • Background: Bagato graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in city and regional planning. He worked with the City of Palm Desert for more than 14 years and now he works with the City of Fishers as the director of planning and zoning. He has previously served as a member of the planning commission for the City of Indio, and he was a member of the College of the Desert Alumni Association Board. He also has been involved in youth ministry at previous churches.
  • Website: tbagato9.wixsite.com/mysite

Sarah Donsbach

  • Personal: Donsbach is married to Mark and has two daughters and two stepsons and one stepdaughter.
  • Background: Donsbach grew up in Carmel and attended Carmel Clay Schools. She received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 2004 and worked for the State of Indiana for the Daniels Administration from 2005 to 2011 in legislative affairs for the Family and Social Services Administration, Criminal Justice Institute and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Since 2012, she has worked for a family-owned law firm in downtown Indianapolis. She is an active member of the New Britton Elementary PTO. She is a former board member of the Humane Society of Indianapolis and coached recreational soccer through the Mudsock Sports and Indiana Premier. She is involved with the Cats Travel Softball program.
  • Website: donsbach4hse.com

Amanda Shera*

  • Personal: Shera has two children – Thomas and Deborah. They both graduated from Fishers High School and attend Purdue University.
  • Background: Shera is the HSE School Board Delaware Township incumbent. She grew up on the eastside of Indianapolis and attended four different high schools. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University. She worked in personal and corporate tax accounting until 1994, and then became a Medicare/Medicaid Auditor for Anthem.  
  • Website: Amanda Cornette Shera or Reelect Amanda J Shera HSE School Board on Facebook.

Hamilton Southeastern School Board Wayne Township (vote for one)

Sarah Parks-Reese

  • Personal: Parks-Reese is married to Damon, and they have three children: A’issa (27), Dylan (18) and Selena (11). They also have two granddaughters.
  • Background:  Parks-Reese has a master’s degree in education from Ball State University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ball State. She has worked in early care and education for more than 20 years, with the majority of that time spent in program administration. She is currently employed by the State of Indiana. Parks-Reese volunteers in the children’s ministry at her church, Geist Christian Church, Promise Road Campus, as well as leading a small group for women focused on spiritual and physical well-being there.
  • Website: sarahparksreese4hse.weebly.com/ 

Tiffany Pascoe

  • Personal: Pascoe is married and has been a resident within the HSE school district for 10-plus years.
  • Background: Pascoe graduated from Carmel High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Marian College. She has worked 15-plus years in the hospitality industry. Pascoe was appointed Hamilton County Tourism commissioner, and she serves as a Step Up Tutor with the Youth Assistance Program. She is a member of the Fishers Arts Council, a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, a volunteer with Third Phase, a precinct committeeman, a delegate and an Indianapolis Zoo council member.
  • Website: pascoe4hse.nationbuilder.com

Ron Thieme

  • Personal: Thieme is married to Sally. Both are HSE graduates. They have three children and are lifelong residents of Hamilton County.
    Background:
    Thieme graduated from HSE and earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Purdue University. His career experience spans consulting for organizations, starting and scaling companies and serving as senior executive for organizations in the technology, life sciences and health care sectors. He also has served on several boards of directors, including the Indiana 4-H Foundation, Lutheran Child and Family Services and Community Health Network. His most recent role is Chief Experience Officer for Community Health Network.
  • Website: facebook.com/DrThieme4HSE

Noblesville School Board At Large (vote for three)

Laura Alerding 

  • Personal: Alerding is married to Jim and has two sons, four stepchildren and 18 grandchildren.
  • Background: Alerding attended IPS for grades K-12 and then received her associate’s degree in general studies. She has owned Creative Promotions at Work, LLC from 2004 to present. She was assigned precinct committeeman for Noblesville in 2016 to 2020, and she was elected precinct committeeman in 2020. She is the treasurer of Hamilton County Republican Women and co-chair of the Noblesville GOP Club. She is a volunteer for Nickel Plate Arts, the Riverview Gala 2019, the Hamilton County GOP 4-H Fair 2018 and 2019, Habitat for Humanity, Alzheimer’s Association and she spearheaded outreach events to minorities in 2013 and 2014.
  • Website: facebook.com/Laura-Alerding-for-Noblesville-School-Board-113779687143457

Daniel Bill

  • Bill did not respond to Current for the election guide.

Christi Crosser

  • Personal: Crosser is married to Craig and has two children, Ash and Mya.
  • Background: Crosser is the co-owner of Nova 29 Property Management. She graduated from Warren Central High School and attended Indiana University. She is a board member of the Crosser Family Foundation, a board chairperson of the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Riverview Health Foundation, a board member of Meals on Wheels Hamilton County, a board member of Prevail, Inc., a member of the Noblesville Redevelopment Commission, a graduate of the Miller Ambassador Program, a member of the Noblesville Equity Advancement Team, a member of the Hamilton County Community Foundation Opportunity, Equity and Inclusion committee and a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Noblesville Build and Grow Capital Campaign.
  • Website: Christi Crosser for Noblesville School Board on Facebook

Evan Elliott

  • Personal: Elliott is single and doesn’t have children.
  • Background: Elliott graduated from Noblesville High School and has lived in Noblesville for 22 years. He is the former director of speech and debate at NHS. He is a real estate broker with Keller Williams Realty. He is a past board member for the Indiana High School Forensics Association, a Tournament Official for the National Speech & Debate Association’s National Tournament, a former Secretary of the Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission, and is active at The Belfry Theatre and Westfield Playhouse. He also has been a substitute teacher in Noblesville Schools classrooms.
  • Website: Not provided.

Carl Johnson IV*

  • Personal: Johnson is married and has four children.
  • Background: Johnson is an incumbent on the school board. Johnson works as an architect at BSA LifeStructures. He has a master’s and bachelor’s degree of architecture from the University of Illinois. He is active with the Hamilton County Leadership Academy, Miller Ambassadors, the Law Enforcement Ride-Along Program and the Indiana School Board Association Member Academy. He served on the Indiana Governor’s Workforce Cabinet Advisory Board from 2018 to 2020 and currently serves on the Noblesville School Board. He serves with the Noblesville Parks Board and previously served with the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation, Community Advisory Council and the COVID-19 Response Planning Committee. Johnson is an active volunteer with school committees and PTO, church service opportunities, civic organizations and youth sports coach/volunteer.
  • Website: Carl Johnson for Noblesville School Board on Facebook.

Stephanie Lambert

  • Personal: Lambert has three children attending school in the district. She has been married to Nathan for 18 years, and they have lived in Noblesville for nine years.
  • Background: Lambert has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Indiana University Bloomington and a master’s degree in forensic science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She previously was a forensic DNA analysist for the Indiana State Police Laboratory. Since moving to Noblesville, she has been involved with the schools and the youth in the community. She has been a tutor for at-risk youth with the Noblesville Youth Assistance Programs, PTO treasurer with Noble Crossing Elementary and a Miller Ambassador. She is a substitute teacher for Noblesville schools, a court appointed advocate for neglected and abused children with Hamilton County CASA and member of the Noblesville Band Booster Board.
  • Website: facebook.com/lambertnobschoolboard

Willie Jerome Haile

  • Personal: Haile and his family have lived in Noblesville since 2016. He is married to Ariane and they have three young sons. They also have a bearded dragon.
  • Background: Haile received a bachelor’s degree in biology and works as a robotics engineer for Hamilton Robotics, a biotechnology company. He enjoys getting to know people in his community and watching college football. He volunteers with the “Real Men Can Read” program, in which he read to kindergarten students at White River and North elementary schools. He also has coached in the Noblesville Elementary Football League and Noblesville Youth Baseball.
  • Website: Not applicable

Leigh Hamer

  • Personal: Hamer has been married to Tim for 13 years. They met as students at Hamilton Southeastern High School. They have three children who all attend Noblesville Schools.
  • Background: Hamer has built a 15-year career in marketing and customer experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Emerson College in Boston. She has served on several nonprofit boards and advisory committees, each one with a mission of helping children and/or families. She has served on the Women For Riley Board, as an advisory committee member for Hope Academy, and spent several years as a board member and board president of RAVEN, a batterer’s intervention program.
  • Website: leighhamer.com

Adrienne Rogers

  • Personal: Rogers is married and has three adult sons.
  • Background: Rogers graduated from Noblesville High School in 1985. She has volunteered for Miller Backers at the concession stands and served on the Noblesville Elementary Football Board for five years as treasurer and secretary. She volunteered for many years at the Noblesville Youth Baseball facility at Hazel Dell. Rogers volunteered at North Elementary in many ways when her sons attended school there. She also has volunteered for several political campaigns for judges, county officials, a senator and a governor candidate from Noblesville. She worked for a major political party from 2006-2007 and again from 2016-2019. She has worked as a newspaper carrier, a legal secretary, a bank teller, in database management, a marketing coordinator, an administrative assistant, an office manager and in procurement.
  • Website: Not provided

Westfield Washington School Board District 1 (vote for 1)

Jimmy Cox

  • Personal: Cox is married to Megan. They do not have children yet.
  • Background: Cox graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. He then attended Indiana University to receive a master’s in higher education and student affairs. Now, he works at Purdue University’s alumni association, where he oversees student development programs, recent graduate activities and manages alumni relations for fraternities and sororities. Cox serves on the Westfield Chamber of Commerce board of directors as treasurer. He also is the chair of the chamber’s young professional committee, a volunteer for a college outreach program through St. Maria Goretti, serves on the city’s redevelopment authority and is a mentor with the Westfield Youth Assistance Program. He also serves on the young professionals committee for College Mentors for Kids, a national non-profit that pairs college students with a mentee in elementary school. He volunteers for his international fraternity by facilitating conferences and hosting alumni activities for central Indiana.
  • Website: jimmyforschools.nationbuilder.com

Amy Pictor*

  • Personal: Pictor is married to Jim, and they have a son Will and a daughter Anna, both of which graduated from Westfield High School.
  • Background: Pictor is the incumbent for District 1. She works in corporate human resources with St. Vincent Health/Ascension Health for 22 years. She is the Local Coordinator for CIEE, an international exchange program, to help connect exchange students with local host families. The Pictors have hosted three exchanges students at various times during their kids’ high school education. She and her husband have served on the Westfield Young Life committee for 10-plus years. The Pictors also host a small group from their church and volunteer with Open Doors each year. Pictor serves on Westfield Washington Schools’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion group.
  • Website: Pictor For WWS on Facebook

Westfield Washington School Board District 3 (vote for 1)

Duane Lutz*

  • Personal: Lutz is married to Crissy, and they have three kids – Hana, Ethan and Isaac.
  • Background: Lutz is the incumbent for District 3. He has served on the school board since 2012. Lutz is president and CPA for Hoosier Glass Co. He is the secretary for the Westfield Washington Schools Board of Trustees and is a past president. He is the president of the Westfield Education Foundation, a past president of the Westfield Chamber of Commerce, a past president of the Westfield Lions Club and the treasurer for Rocks Junior Golf Club.
  • Website: Duane Lutz for School Board on Facebook

J. Keith Owens

  • Personal: Owens is married to Allison. They have two boys, Evan is in fourth grade and Sam is in first grade.
  • Background: Owens has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue. He is a software developer at Kiwanis International. Owens is a WYSA soccer coach and serves on the Springdale Farms HOA board. He has served in several nonprofit leadership roles such as president of Birth-to-Five, Purdue Cooperative Housing VP of Finance and President and Richmond Kiwanis Board Member. He also enjoys volunteering for various youth related programs like Junior Achievement.
  • Website: owens4wws.org/

Carl (Mike) Steele

  • Personal: Steele is married to Vicky and has three sons, Christopher, Michale and Zachary.
  • Background: Steele attended Westfield Washington Schools for grades K-12 and graduated in 1984. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from William Penn University. He has served with the Indianapolis Fire Dept. since 1991. He coached football and wrestling for WYSI from 1990-1994 and coached Westfield Middle School football from 1991 to 1993. He has coached Westfield Middle School wrestling from 1990 to 2018 and was a substitute teacher from 1991 to 2019. He is a merit badge counselor for Boy Scout Troop 152 and has supported the Westfield High School fishing club.
  • Website: electmikesteele.com/


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