Darren Peterson, a downtown Noblesville business owner and 24-year resident, announced Sept. 10 he will run for an at-large seat on the Noblesville Common Council in the May 2019 primary election.
Peterson is the president of Peterson Architecture, a full service architectural and planning firm that was founded in downtown Noblesville more than 21 years ago. Peterson is the current board president of Nickel Plate Arts, treasurer of Noblesville Main Street, a board member of Keep Noblesville Beautiful and a member of all four Hamilton County chambers of commerce.
“It’s time to start planning for Noblesville’s future using an innovative lens,” Peterson stated. “I’m ready to work collaboratively, take on challenges and find solutions that make sense for all of us. Given my background from business to arts to project activation in the community, I have proven my leadership from strategy to execution on countless projects. I’m ready to take that experience, expertise and knowledge to Noblesville at the city level,” Peterson said.
In the spring of 2018, Peterson conceptualized and carried out the artwork covering the crosswalks at Forest Park in a partnership project with Noblesville Parks.
Peterson also has been behind creating and executing several successful events and projects in Noblesville, including Noblesville Main Street’s Thursday market, which evolved into Meals from the Market, and CanStruction, a non-perishable food sculpture event that has donated more than 20,000 cans to local food pantries and, in the last five years, has been part of changing Noblesville’s annual Duck Race into a festival celebrating the White River.
In his announcement, Peterson said he will be an active and vocal advocate for historically sensitive, intelligent and sustainable growth to evolve into an even stronger and safer community.
Peterson is married to Jennifer Roberts and has two daughters, Emily and Ava, both Noblesville High School graduates who are now attending Ball State University. Peterson said enjoys creating opportunities for youth and people to get more involved in the community. As a business owner, he’s been a host to several college and high school interns. He also has been a certified cake-decorating instructor to over 450 students.
Peterson has been named the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce’s Business Person of the Year (2014), Board Member of the Year by Noblesville Main Street (2014), Noblesville Corporate Volunteer of the Year (2015), and Legacy Fund Community Pillar Award winner (2017).