Hamilton County Council at Large
- Brad Beaver-R 317.773.8839 email@example.com
- Bill Dennis-R 317.417.9054 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jeff Hern-R 317.796.0912 email@example.com
- George Kehl-R 317.847.9590 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rick McKinney-R 317.590.3710 email@example.com
Hamilton County Commissioners
- Mark Heirbrandt-R 317.590.3460 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bill Smythe -R 317.339.9227 email@example.com
Hamilton Superior Court 2
- Jonathon Brown 317.565.4829 firstname.lastname@example.org
- David Najjar 317.776.9635 email@example.com
State Representative District 24
- Donna Schaibley-R 317.750.4661 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Greg Fettig-R 317.804.4720 email@example.com
State Representative District 39
- Jerry Torr-R 317.232.9677 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tom Linkmeyer-R 317.964.4600 email@example.com
State Senator District 20
- Luke Kenley-R 317.773.2980 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scott Willis-R 317.431.6961 email@example.com
United States Representative
- Susan Brooks-R 317.848.0201 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mike Campbell-R email@example.com
- Allen Davidson-D 317.833.3778 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Angela Demaree-D email@example.com
- Stephen MacKenzie-R 317.537.7820 firstname.lastname@example.org
Same-party uncontested primary candidates are invited to attend, but will not have a table.
- Dana Black-D 765.371.9246 email@example.com
- Brian Bosma-R 317.232.9600 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tony Cook- R 317.984.4438 email@example.com
- Ryan Scott Davis-D 765.546.3874 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paula Gilliam-D 317.514.6486 email@example.com
- Pamela Hickman-D 317.327.4242 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Todd Huston- R 317.232.9674 H37@iga.in.gov
- Kathy Richardson -R 317.773.6123 email@example.com
- John C. Ruckelshau-R 317-509-2486 firstname.lastname@example.org
- David B. Russ-D 317.208.2202 email@example.com
Hamilton County Council at Large
If re-elected to the County Council I will be committed to continue the county's strong financial position. I will strive to maintain the Triple A bond rating and avoid property tax increases. Hamilton County is a great place to live and work, but I feel we need to remain financially responsible to maintain the high quality of living. I am dedicated to serving the taxpayers, in 20 years I have never missed a County Council meeting.
I believe the biggest problem that Hamilton Co faces now in the area of public safety. With the influx of new people moving into our county we need to be pro-active with the training of our fire and safety people along with out sheriff and police departments. We can't afford to wait for a crisis to happen and the wonder what is the best way to handle it.The other issues would be improving our roads so people can move about easier.
As a member of the Hamilton County Council, I will work to strengthen relationships with the county’s various cities and towns, invest taxpayer money wisely to ensure our county continues to have world-class infrastructure and continue to provide the highest level of public safety to the residents of Hamilton County. I have had the opportunity to serve my community and raise my children in Hamilton County for the last forty years and I am grateful and excited for the possibility to serve in a new role as a County Councilman if I am elected on May 3rd.
- Encourage stakeholders from all government entities to continue to build partnerships.
- Encourage civic engagement so our communities can continue to thrive.
- Support all of our public safety officials in an effort to provide the most up to date training and equipment to sustain the great quality of life and safety our citizens deserve.
- Encourage all of our elected officials to work as a team so we can effectively address the capital projects we will be faced with as we are seeing our county grow.
- Ensure that our county stays financially secure.
"Hamilton County leads Indiana in the areas of quality of life, citizen safety and fiscally responsible county government. I have been involved in funding many of the projects which have contributed to this success. I would like to continue to represent the citizens as an advocate for the taxpayer and work to maintain the County's position as a leader in fiscal responsibility.
There have been cooperation, collaboration and compromise by the County Council with County Commissioners on various projects, as evidenced by multiple government awards.
Everyone can say YES to spending money; I have an established and proven reputation saying NO to projects that are a misuse or waste of taxpayer dollars."
Hamilton County Commissioners
“I plan to continue my focus on road infrastructure improvements to impact economic develop and create jobs with quality of life improvement to continue to make Hamilton County a destination for families to live. Long term responsible planning for continued growth will be key given the significant population growth that is anticipated to double by the year 2050. I would appreciate your vote to continue the award winning work that we have achieved in Hamilton County on May 3rd.”
Hamilton Superior Court 2
Since beginning the practice of law nearly 20 years ago, I routinely remind myself that when someone finds themselves in court, it is usually one of the most stressful times in their lives. Further, the matter for which people are in a courtroom is of paramount importance to them. Lawyers and judges are in the people business and it is important for us to remember the people we serve. If everything worked out in the real world, there would be no need for lawyers and judges. However, disputes occur and disagreements arise.
One thing I can truly relate to is the stress of a divorce proceeding. I was a divorced father raising three young boys until three years ago when I remarried. Molly and I have since added a baby girl to our family. Having been in the courtroom as a "client" and not just as a lawyer, gives me a very different view of the anxiety these situations cause. Also, it is important for people to understand you do not have to be charged with a crime to end up in front of a judge. Judges handle all types of cases.
I will treat all litigants with respect, no matter their situation. People have enough on their minds when coming to court without having to worry whether the judge cares about their case or situation. It is important for judges to remember we serve the people, namely the taxpayers of Hamilton County, when we are in the courtroom. I can promise I will listen to what people have to say, treat all litigants with respect, and make decisions that are fair to the parties and adhere to Indiana law to the best of my ability.
Most people never have to go to court. To them, what happens in a courtroom is, at best, only remotely important in their lives. For those who are required to go to court, either because it is their business to do so, or because life’s circumstances have made it necessary, it is supremely important. As Magistrate for the Hamilton Circuit and Superior Courts since 2005, and for seven years as a deputy prosecuting attorney prior to that, it has been and will continue to be my number one priority to treat every litigant, lawyer, victim, witness, defendant, and the families of participants in court cases with dignity, respect, compassion, and the understanding that the case that has brought them to my courtroom is, to them, the most important thing in the world.
As Magistrate, I have presided over thousands of civil and criminal cases of all types. I have worked extensively in the areas of criminal law, family law, and complex civil litigation; the same types of cases handled in Superior Court 2.
To the litigants and attorneys who come into the courthouse every day, experience matters. To the victims, witnesses, criminal defendants, and law enforcement officers who have to go to court, experience matters. To families navigating the emotional upheaval of a divorce in a courtroom, experience matters. I have the experience necessary to effectively serve these people and all of Hamilton County as Judge of Superior Court 2 and I ask for your support.
State Representative District 24
I hope to re-instill confidence and trust among the voters with their elected officials. Voter participation rate is a dismal small percentage of those eligible to vote. Citizens have lost that it matters whether they vote or not because establishment politicians don’t listen to or serve the public. Most elected officials in the Indiana Statehouse are beholden to lobbyists, lawyers and other special interest groups.
Our nation is at a historic turning point and this election may determine our fate. The federal government’s actions are threatening our way of life. From massive debt, to runaway spending and printing money, our currency is at risk of a collapse much like Greece. No nation on Earth remains sovereign with unchecked open borders that allow the invasion into our country of illegal aliens and terrorists. Illegal aliens bring disease, crime, drug trafficking, job competition, low wages, and overburden our social services. Current leadership in the Indiana Statehouse won’t address these issues saying it’s a federal responsibility. In the absence of the government fulfilling its responsibility Indiana has a duty to protect its citizens from this invasion. Indiana also has a duty to establish a reserve currency, which Article 11 Section 7 of our state constitution dictates. Every elected state legislature has sworn and taken an oath to honor the constitution.
We must also demand our elected officials exhibit transparency. Those legislators in the House that proposed a fuel tax increase during a seven year ongoing recession have mislead us. Indiana raises over $500 million a year in fuel taxes and spends only $90 million on roadway funding.
I pledge my allegiance and servitude to the residents of House District 24 and not to lobbyists or career politicians.
In order to keep Indiana the “Crossroads of America,” it is the State’s responsibility to ensure INDOT has sufficient funds to maintain our streets and bridges properly. Eighty percent of Indiana’s manufactured goods are transported on our highways. However, the condition of our roads has become an increasing concern. Twenty two percent of Indiana bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete and ninety seven percent of local agencies report their revenues are inadequate to maintain current roads. Hoosier drivers spend an extra $366 each year on vehicle repairs due to poor roads. We have made substantial progress to remedy this situation, but more needs to be done.
This year HEA 1001 allotted 514 million dollars to road and infrastructure improvement (414 million from our excess reserves; 100 million from Major Moves). Currently only 1 cent of the Indiana gas tax is allocated to this purpose. The roads bill we passed this session included a gradual phase in of an additional 1.5 cents of the gas tax dedicated to road and infrastructure improvement. HEA 1001 was a compromise bill that provides enough funding through 2017. The Senate has agreed to work with the House to develop long term solutions to infrastructure problems during budget negotiations next year.
I co-authored 2016 legislation that helped to release back to Hamilton County 59 million dollars in local taxes that previously had been held in State reserves. This money can be used for needed road and infrastructure work and other community needs. I will continue to advocate for a long term plan to enable our State and localities to provide our citizens and businesses with high quality roads and bridges, which are necessary for community safety and sustained business growth.
State Representative District 39
Education and equal funding for schools:
Why are Carmel residence being double taxed? We pay and additional tax (7 million dollar school referendum tax) because the state refuses to fully fund Carmel Clay Schools. Currently, Carmel is in the bottom of the State for funding per pupil. I pledge to fix the inequity in school funding.
For Indiana taxpayers there’s a gaping hole in accountability. Reports are available for public schools, including charters, but not for voucher schools. The State awarded almost $116 million to private and parochial schools in 2014-15, but the General Assembly does not require posting and publication of voucher school performance reports. Where is this money? No one knows! Current policy dictates that these schools are free from accountability with your tax dollars. Carmel Clay Schools needs a level playing field in funding and accountability.
Did you know that less than 9% of Indiana parents choose to participate in "choice" schools program in Indiana? Over 90% choose their neighborhood school. Why? Because we have some great public schools. Our public education system needs to respect the professionalism of our educators and empower them with the autonomy they need to best serve the children in their schools. We must replace the early 20th Century, top-down model with a 21st Century model that supports educators and innovation. We must allow teachers to do their jobs. We are holding teachers accountable for Common Core and other programs that they had no say in!
If your neighborhood roads have a few potholes are you going to rip them up and build new roads? No, you are going to patch the potholes. What is wrong in education? Kids are tested way too much and causing physical and emotional damage to our kids. We have 8 year olds taking hours of tests to tell out teachers what they already know about our kids. Ask any Elementary teacher about their kids and they can tell you everything you need to know about their kids!
If re-elected my number one priority will be increased funding for Hamilton County public schools. Over the last couple of budget cycles we have worked to reduce the gap in per student funding between the urban and suburban schools, but more remains to be done. For decades, under Democrat control of the House, the urban school systems (such as IPS and Gary) were protected from funding cuts even though their enrollment numbers were falling. Over the years as IPS saw a decline in enrollment from 120,000 students to 38,000, during that time there was never a year that they received less funding than the prior year. Meanwhile, funding for suburban schools did not keep up with growth.
In recent years, with a Republican majority in the House and with the help of the Senate and Governors Daniels and Pence, we have begun to close the funding gap. My priority for the budget session in 2017 is to increase per student funding in our Hamilton County public school districts and continue to close the gap between the urban vs. suburban districts.
I believe I am best suited to represent the interests of Carmel and our school district because I have a proven track record of accomplishment in the legislature, taking the lead on such tough issues as Daylight Saving Time, Right to Work, and last year the repeal of our prevailing wage statute. I was recognized in 2005 and again in 1012 as Indiana Government Leader of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. I hope to continue to provide strong leadership for our community in the House of Representatives. Thank you,
State Senator District 20
I will fight for the citizens of Hamilton County and continue the work I have done to make Indiana the envy of the Midwest in terms of being a great place to make a living, work, raise a family, educate your children, and live in a clean, wholesome, law abiding environment:
- PROMOTE GOOD BUSINESSES AND GOOD JOBS
- Continue balanced budget policy of last 10 years, maintain AAA bond rating
- Keep taxes low
- STRONG FUNDING FOR EDUCATION
- Hamilton County schools received an increase of 10% last two years, compared to state average of 3%.
- Hamilton County schools received an increase of 75% last 9 years, compared to state 28%.
- Higher education-fought for tuition controls with universities; authored the 529 tax cut of $1000 per taxpayer.
- Brought Ivy Tech to Hamilton County.
- STRONG ROADS PROGRAM
- Continue strong investment ($7B last 8 years)
- Additional monies for both local and state government roads in 2013 budget (continued).
- HB 1001 put $1 billion into roads over next 2 years, including $59 million for Hamilton County.
- I secured the funding for 31, Keystone Avenue, and SR 37.
- BENEFITS FOR VETERANS
- Sponsored 6 bills this year to increase veterans benefits
- I established the $25 million per year tuition support for guardsmen and families of disabled veterans.
- I established funding for veterans courts for special help for returning veterans.
In sum, I still have the retailer’s attitude. Listen to the customer, work hard to satisfy the customer. I have always assumed responsibility for creating a fiscal environment which encourages entrepreneurialism, free enterprise, self-sufficiency, hard work, and pride in achievement
Hamilton County has seen an explosion of growth over the past decade and is the fastest growing county in the state. This is in large part due to our great schools as they are an economic engine for a community. CNN Money states that the #1 driver in buying or renting a home is the quality of schools and has a direct impact on the values of our homes. However, our schools have consistently been asked to do more with less as our tax dollars are being redistributed throughout the state.
The current school funding formula has made it extremely difficult for our schools to keep up with the growth and puts education in Hamilton County at risk. Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, and Westfield all rank at the top of the state in terms of school size but the bottom of the state in terms of funding per student. Out of 365 publicly funded schools, Carmel ranks 364, HSE ranks 363, Westfield ranks 358, and Noblesville ranks 336. As your Senator, I will be focused on ensuring our tax paying dollars will remain at home and our schools are funded in a way to avoid referendums, a double tax needed to replace operating funds taken by the state. It is important our children have a strong voice in the Indiana Senate to ensure our local schools have the funding necessary to maintain high standards we all expect. We must remain competitive not only in Indiana but across the country and throughout the world.
United States Representative
The first priority of the federal government is the security of all Americans. This is my top focus as a member of Congress. Today, we face so many threats and challenges to our security, both at home and abroad. Recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels, and San Bernadino demonstrate the persistent threat terrorist organizations pose to Americans. In order to better protect ourselves from these threats, we must strengthen our visa processes, modernize our military and defense systems to meet the challenges posed by an increasingly global and mobile world, better protect our borders, and reform our broken immigration system.
While our national security challenges are growing more complex and varied, threats to Americans' ability to get and keep a job, to plan for a secure retirement, and to maintain their health, are also increasing. As a member of Congress, I have made it my mission to protect our homeland and ensure that Hoosiers have the opportunity for a strong education, a career that will support their family and financial security for retirement.
In order to ensure the continued economic and job security of Hoosiers, we must tackle the issue of heroin and opioid abuse that is claiming so many lives, devastating communities, and placing enormous burdens on our healthcare and criminal justice systems. Establishing best practices for prescribers of opioids, beefing up enforcement activities, supporting treatment options, and making life-saving naloxone more available to first responders will help stem the tide of heroin and opioid abuse.
We can better protect our homeland by focusing on threats like ISIS and addressing internal threats to the health, productivity and well-being of our citizens. As a member of Congress, I will work every day to restore America's promise and achieve a brighter and more secure future for Hoosiers.
Good government begins with ethics. If elected, I will inform the House Committee on Ethics of my availability to serve on investigative subcommittees. I want to help punish members of Congress for unethical behavior, including the removal from office of those who commit criminal acts.
Like many Hoosiers, I believe that we need to end the current partisan gridlock in Congress. I deployed in 2012 with a reserve unit made up of a diverse group of people from around the United States. Many of us had never met before our pre-deployment training, and we were able to come together and accomplish a successful mission overseas. I believe that Congress can do the same and we need to elect leaders who will stand shoulder-to-shoulder and put hard-working Americans above their partisan ideologies.
I believe it’s time Congress got back to doing its most basic job. My first priority will be to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with my Democrat, Republican and Independent colleagues and work to get a budget passed on time. We are all Hoosiers and we all want to see our elected officials roll up their sleeves and work for hard-working Americans towards common-sense solutions.
I will also work with my colleagues to find common-sense policy solutions that will improve our quality of life and at the same time save taxpayer dollars. For example, if we invest as little as $10 per person in community-based public health programs, we could save Medicare and Medicaid over $4 billion dollars annually in as little as 5 years.
The potential cost savings to the State of Indiana was estimated to be $343 million dollars annually. Investing in an effective public health infrastructure is a good use of taxpayer dollars with more than a $5 return for every dollar invested and also addresses the infrastructure needs to combat the current drug use epidemic.
As a direct descendant of William Brewster, one of the original Mayflower pilgrims, and having been raised in a patriotic family, I have felt compelled to preserve and protect the freedoms that were secured by the sacrifices of our forefathers. Therefore, my number one priority if elected is to defend, uphold and protect the rights and freedoms of the citizens of Indiana and always act in their best interest. I will not yield to any political pressure, or desire for power or personal gain that would compromise my mission to execute this vision. I plan to achieve this by working to repeal and replace Obamacare, secure our national borders, enforce immigration laws, defend the second amendment and the rights of the unborn, promote limited government and fiscal responsibility.
Additionally, I believe in term limits and being a citizen representative who works for the people. Having fought as a citizen soldier in the United States Air Force Reserve to preserve our precious freedom and way of life, I understand what is at stake and that is why I am committed to making a difference for the citizens of the 5th district. Finally, throughout my life, I have gained an appreciation for how challenging it can be to live the American Dream, having experienced difficult seasons in my life and persevering with the Lord’s grace through them all. My journey is not unlike many of the citizens in Indiana and thus has prepared me to be an effective advocate for the people of this district. My unwavering faith in God has sustained me and is the reason I remain focused on preserving our way of life for our great nation, our children and future generations.