2014 Carmel general election guide

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The Basics

  • When: Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Where: If you don’t know where to go to vote, call 776-8476 or visit www.indianavoters.com or www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov.
  • What to bring: In order to sign in to vote, you must bring a current identification card issued by the Indiana or U.S. government that includes your photo, name and an expiration date. Acceptable forms of identification include a passport, military ID with expiration date, Indiana’s driver’s license or an Indiana photo ID.
  • Absentee voting is available at the Hamilton County Judicial Center, 1 Hamilton County Square, Noblesville, from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 3.

U.S. Rep. District 5

Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks (R)

  • Personal: Brooks, 53, is a Carmel resident. She has been married to husband, David, for 27 years, and they have two adult children and a yellow Lab named Scout.
  • Background: She has a bachelor’s degree from the Miami University (Ohio) and a law degree from IUPUI. She previously was a small business owner, a federal prosecutor, a workforce development executive at Ivy Tech, and a nonprofit board member in addition to being appointed deputy mayor of Indianapolis by Mayor Stephen Goldsmith in 1998.
  • Website: www.SusanBrooksforCongress.com
US Rep-Denney

Shawn Denney

Shawn Denney (D)

  • Personal: Denney, 41, is an Indianapolis resident. He is engaged to Amber Stearns and has three children of his own.
  • Background: He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Indianapolis. He currently works as a high school U.S. and world history teacher but previously worked in the banking industry.
  • Website: www.denneyforcongress.com
John Krom

John Krom

John Krom (L)

  • Personal: Krom, 65, has been a Noblesville resident since 1980. He has been married to wife, Liz, for 44 years and they have two adult children, Aaron and Amy, and five grandchildren.
  • Background: He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wabash College. Krom worked in the construction industry for 24 years before starting his own lumber company. He helped form Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County and later became executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Indiana and Indiana 211.
  • Website: www.kromforcongress.com

Secretary of State

Connie Lawson

Connie Lawson

Connie Lawson (R)

  • Personal: Lawson, 65, is married with two children.
  • Background: Lawson attended Darden School of Legislative Leadership and the Bowhay Institute of Legislative Leadership Development. She has worked in the real estate industry as a closing agent/office manager and secretary/treasurer. Later she worked as a clerk for Abstract & Guaranty Company and served as circuit court clerk for Hendricks County. She has also served the Indiana State Senate, District 24.
  • E-mail: sos@sos.in.gov
Karl Tatgenhorst

Karl Tatgenhorst

Karl Tatgenhorst (L)

  • Personal: Tatgenhorst is married with three children.
  • Background: Karl is an army veteran who served for four years before returning to Indiana. He has worked in a number of industries including agriculture, manufacturing and currently technology. He is a volunteer at Wolf Park in Battleground, Ind., where he works with animals.
  • E-mail: karl@indiana.com
Elizabeth “Beth” White

Elizabeth “Beth” White

Elizabeth “Beth” White (D)

  • Personal: White is married with one son.
  • Background: White graduated from Indiana University and received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She is currently serving her second term as Marion County Clerk. White also is an adjunct professor at IUPUI and serves on the Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation. Previously she served on the board of the Julian Center.
  • E-mail: vote@bethwhite.org
  • Website: www.bethwhite.org/about_beth

Treasurer of State

Mike Boland

Mike Boland

Mike Boland (D)

  • Personal: Boland, 72, is a Fishers resident. He has been married to wife, Mary, for 46 years and they have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.
  • Background: He has spent 30 years teaching in an urban school, 25 years as part-time adjunct instructor at colleges and 16 years as an Illinois State Representative. Boland has a bachelor’s degree from Upper Iowa University; master’s in engineering from Henderson State University and 32 additional semester hours beyond master’s degree at University of Iowa and Western Illinois University.
  • Website: http://bolandforindiana.org
Michael “Mike” Jasper

Michael “Mike” Jasper

Michael “Mike” Jasper (L)

  • Personal: Jasper, 58, is a resident of Indianapolis. He is married with one daughter. Jasper is a Quaker and attends Society of Friends.
  • Background: He has a bachelor’s degree with an area of concentration in accounting and finance from Murray State University. Jasper is an independent financial advisor. He has worked his life as a CPA, investment advisor, small business controller and small business advisor.
  • Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Jasper-for-Indiana-Treasurer/652058784865063
Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell (R)

  • Personal: Mitchell, 47, resides in Indianapolis. She and her husband, Larry, have two college-aged children, Chloe and Colin. Her family is involved in their church, Common Ground Christian.
  • Background: Mitchell has a bachelor’s in political science and government from Valparaiso University and a master’s in philanthropic studies from IUPUI. She has served for six and a half years in the state treasurer’s office as director of TrustINdiana, Indiana’s local government investment program. Mitchell also served two terms as a county commissioner in Cass County, including five years as board president.
  • Website: www.votekellymitchell.com

Auditor of State

Michael “Mike” Claytor

Michael “Mike” Claytor

Michael “Mike” Claytor (D)

  • Personal: Claytor, 62, moved to Carmel in 1975. He is married to Debbie Winchester and they have three adult children, William, Joshua and Whitney; each are Carmel High School graduates.
  • Background: He has a bachelor’s in accounting from Ball State and a Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude from Indiana University – Indianapolis School of Law. He has served eight years as deputy state examiner of the Indiana State Board of Accounts and was on the Indiana Recount Commission in 1996. Claytor also has served as a citizen advisory member of the Local Government Finance Study Commission and the Clay Township Regional Waste District.
  • Website: www.mikeclaytor.com
Suzanne Crouch

Suzanne Crouch

Suzanne Crouch (R)

  • Personal: Crouch, 62, is a resident of Evansville. She has been married to Larry Downs for 32 years and they have one daughter, Courtney Downs Drew.
  • Background: Gov. Pence appointed Crouch as the 56th Indiana Auditor of State on Jan. 2. She previously served as a state representative from Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties for seven years and was vice-chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Crouch also served two terms as a Vanderburgh County auditor and then went on to serve as county commissioner. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in political science.
  • Website: www.suzannecrouch.com
John Schick

John Schick

John Schick (L)

  • Personal: Schick, 54, of Chesterton is married with three sons who all live and work in Indiana.
  • Background: He has an MBA from Indiana University. Schick has 17 years experience as a management consultant spent evaluating the cost, quality and productivity of purchased-services received at some of the largest corporations in the world.
  • E-mail: secretary@lpin.org

State Senate District 29

J.D. Ford

J.D. Ford

J.D. Ford (D)

  • Personal: Ford, 32, is an Indianapolis resident.
  • Background: A University of Akron graduate, Ford received his bachelor’s in political science and criminal justice. In 2010 he received his master’s in education from Purdue. Currently he is the Senior Director of Recruitment and Expansion for Theta Chi Fraternity, Inc. Ford also volunteers at the Hamilton County Humane Society.
  • Contact: http://www.jdforindiana.com/contact
Mike Delph

Mike Delph

Mike Delph (R)

  • Personal: Delph, 44, is a resident of Carmel. He is married with 5 children.
  • Background: Delph received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Indiana University. He also attended law school at IU. Delph served as a Captain in the Army Reserves. His past work experience includes Senior Director of Governmental Affairs for Comcast. He is member of AMVETS, the American Legion, and a volunteer for the Girl Scouts of America.

State Rep. District 39

David Russ

David Russ

David Russ (D)

  • Personal: Russ is a Carmel resident and is married with three children.
  • Background: Russ graduated from Purdue with a bachelor’s in criminology. A veteran of the National Guard, Russ spent nearly a decade in service. He currently volunteers for his local youth baseball team as commissioner and coach through the Carmel Dads’ Club.
  • Email: SupportDavid@VoteRussIN39.com
Jerry Torr

Jerry Torr

Jerry Torr (R)

  • Personal: Torr, 56, is a resident of Carmel.
  • Background: He attended Hanover College and graduated from the Musicians Institute. Torr is a vice president of business development at the Hamilton National Title. He formerly was a client executive at the Hylant Group and a commercial casualty general adjuster with FCCI Insurance Company in Carmel.
  • Email: torr.jerry@gmail.com

Clay Township Board

Jim Blessing

Jim Blessing

Jim Blessing (D)

  • Personal: Blessing, 63, is a resident of Carmel.
  • Background: Blessing graduated from Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne with a degree in management and accounting. He is a retired CPA and worked for the U.S. Department of Treasury for more than three decades. He volunteers at Food Rescue and is a docent of the Carmel Clay Historical Society. He is the vice president of the Hamilton County Democratic Club.
  • Email: jasbless@gmail.com
Paul K Bolin

Paul K Bolin

Paul K Bolin (R)

  • Personal: Bolin, 57, is a resident of Carmel. He and his wife Ann have three children
  • Background: He has a bachelor’s degree from IU. For the past 17 years Bolin’s worked as the vice president of Sales and Marketing for Kennedy Tank & Manufacturing Co. Before that, he worked for AT&T for 14 years in addition to stints at Procter and Gamble and WIBC Radio. He has served eight years on the Carmel School Board, four years on the Parks Boards and 12 years on the Clay Township Board.
  • Email: pbolin@kennedytank.com
Mary Eckard

Mary Eckard

Mary Eckard (R)

  • Personal: Eckard, 71, is a Carmel resident. She is married with two adult children.
  • Background: A graduate of Michigan State, Eckard owns Mary Eckard & Co., which represents several health care products and services. In addition to sales she has taught at IU-South Bend and worked at Indianapolis Women’s Hospital as a patient and volunteer services director. She has served on the Clay Township board since 1998
  • Email: meckard@indy.rr.com
Matthew J. Snyder

Matthew J. Snyder

Matthew J. Snyder (R) 

  • Personal: Snyder, 31, is a resident of Carmel
  • Background: He is a graduate of Carmel High School. He works in the civil engineering field on the construction side and during contract negotiations. He has four years experience on the Clay Township Board.
  • Email: msnyder48@gmail.com

Unopposed candidates

  • State Senate, District 21 – James Buck
  • State Senate, District 31 – James Merritt Jr.
  • State Representative, District 24 – Steve Braun
  • State Representative, District 37 – Todd Huston
  • State Representative, District 88 – Brian Bosma
  • Hamilton County Judge Circuit Court – Paul Felix
  • Hamilton County Judge Superior Court No. 3 – William Hughes
  • Hamilton County Judge Superior Court No. 4 – J. Richard Campbell
  • Hamilton County Judge Superior Court No. 5 – Wayne Sturtevant
  • Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney – D. Lee Buckingham II
  • Hamilton County Clerk – Tammy Baitz
  • Hamilton County Recorder – Jennifer Hayden
  • Hamilton County Sheriff – Mark Bowen
  • Hamilton County Coroner – John Chalfin
  • Hamilton County Assessor – Robin Ward
  • Hamilton County Commissioner District 1 – Christine Altman
  • Hamilton County Council District 2 – Amy Massillamany
  • Hamilton County Council District 3 – Steve Schwartz
  • Hamilton County Council District 4 – Paul Ayers
  • Clay Township Trustee – Douglas Callahan
  • Carmel-Clay School Board Member – District 1 – Layla Spanenberg
  • Carmel-Clay School Board Member – District 2 – Pamela Knowles
  • Carmel-Clay School Board Member – District 3 – Mike Kerschner

Carmel Polling Places

  • 0201 Briar Creek – Forest Dale Elementary, 10721 Lakeshore Dr W Gymnasium
  • 0202 Brookshire – Brookshire Golf Club, 12120 Brookshire Pkwy Banquet Room
  • 0203 Carmel Meadows – Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 4th Ave SE Program Room
  • 0204 Clay Center 1 – University High School, 2825 West 116th St Gym
  • 0205 Clay Southwest 1 – College Park Church, 2606 W 96th St Chapel
  • 0206 College – Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 1605 E 106th St Main St.
  • 0207 Cool Creek North – Smokey Row Family Swim Club, 4255 E 136th St Clubhouse
  • 0208 Daniel Warren – Carmel United Methodist Church, 621 S Rangeline Rd Gym (East Side)
  • 0209 Eden Brook – First Baptist Church, 1010 E 126th St Gym & Foyer
  • 0210 Greensprings – Woodbrook Elementary, 4311 E 116th St Gym
  • 0211 Guilford 1 – Carmel Friends Church, 651 W Main St Foyer
  • 0212 Holaday 01 – Hope Church, 2500 E 98th St Fellowship Hall/Gym
  • 0213 Hunters Trace – Governor Square Apartments, 1825 Jefferson Dr W Clubhouse
  • 0214 Keystone – Forest Dale Elementary, 10721 Lakeshore Dr W Gym
  • 0215 Lady Hamilton – John W. Hensel Government Building, 10701 N College Ave Community Room
  • 0216 Mohawk Hills – Carmel United Methodist Church, 621 S Rangeline Rd Gym (East Side)
  • 0217 Mt Carmel 01 – Central Christian Church, 1242 W 136th St Fellowship Hall
  • 0218 Orchard Park – Orchard Park Elementary School, 10404 Orchard Park Dr S Gym/LGI
  • 0219 Pleasant Grove 1 – John W. Hensel Government Building, 10701 N College Ave Community Room
  • 0220 Rangeline – Carmel Fire Station 41, 2 Civic Square, East Doors – Conference Room
  • 0221 Richland – Carmel Repertory Theatre at Studio 15, 15 1st Ave NE Stage
  • 0222 Northridge – John W. Hensel Government Building, 10701 N College Ave Community Room
  • 0223 White Chapel – Woodbrook Elementary, 4311 E 116th St Gym
  • 0224 Brookfield – Crossing Northview Church, 12900 Hazel Dell Pkwy Atruim
  • 0225 Woodland – Carmel Fire Station 43, 3242 E 106th St Bay
  • 0226 Cool Creek – South First Baptist Church, 1010 E 126th St Gym & Foyer
  • 0228 Spring Mill 01 – Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 3500 W 106th St Founders’ Walk; Library
  • 0229 Johnson Acres – Carmel High School Stadium, 2900 E 136th St Community/Hospitality Room
  • 0231 Guilford 2 – Prime Life Enrichment Center, 1078 Third Ave SW Community Room
  • 0232 Stonehedge – Living Truth Ministries, 1009 W Main St Lobby
  • 0233 Clay Northwest 1 – David Klingensmith Admin. Building, 3400 W 131st St Sign Shop
  • 0234 Brookshire North – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 4780 E 126th St Room H
  • 0235 Avian – Cherry Tree Elementary, 13989 Hazel Dell Pkwy Gymnasium Entrance Door 6
  • 0236 Clay Northeast – Northview Church, 12900 Hazel Dell Pkwy Atruim
  • 0237 Arbors – HCR Manor Care @ Summer Trace, 12999 N Pennsylvania St Private Dining Room
  • 0238 Blue Creek – Forest Dale Elementary, 10721 Lakeshore Dr W Gy
  • 0239 Brentwood – Foster Estates Clubhouse, 3131 Maralice Dr Main Area
  • 0240 Holaday 02 – Hope Church, 2500 E 98th St Fellowship Hall/Gym
  • 0241 Hunters Creek – Central Christian Church 1242 W 136th St Fellowship Hall
  • 0242 Kingswood 01 – Woodbrook Elementary, 4311 E 116th St Gym
  • 0243 Lexington – Carmel Middle School 300 S Guilford Rd Auditorium Lobby (Door 4)
  • 0244 Mt Carmel 02 – Central Christian Church Carmel 1242 W 136th St Fellowship Hall
  • 0245 Spring Mill 02 – Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 3500 W 106th St Founders’ Walk; Library
  • 0246 Thistlewood – Central Christian Church, 1242 W 136th St Fellowship Hall
  • 0247 Waterford – First Baptist Church, 1010 E 126th St Gym & Foyer
  • 0248 Woodfield – Carmel Fire Station 44, 5032 E Main St. Bays
  • 0249 Woodgate – Carmel High School Stadium, 2900 E 136th St Community/Hospitality Room
  • 0251 Kingswood 02 –  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 10655 Haverstick Rd Social Hall, Main Building
  • 0252 Springmill – Ponds Carmel Fire Station 46, 540 W 136th St Bay Area
  • 0253 Copperwood – Christ Community Church, 4770 E Main St Lobby
  • 0255 Hazel Dell – Northview Church, 12900 Hazel Dell Pkwy Atrium
  • 0256 Clay Southwest 2, College Park Church, 2606 W 96th St Chapel
  • 0257 Clay Center 2 – Ritz Charles, 12156 N Meridian St Room B
  • 0258 Bay Hill – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 10655 Haverstick Rd Social Hall, Main Building
  • 0259 Cherry Tree – Carmel Fire Station 44, 5032 E Main St. Bays
  • 0260 Stonewick – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 10655 Haverstick Rd Social Hall, Main Building
  • 0261 Crooked Stick – Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 3500 W 106th St Founders’ Walk; Library
  • 0262 Cheswick – Carmel Fire Station 46, 540 W 136th St Bay Area
  • 0263 Saddle Creek – Carmel Water Distribution, 3450 W 131st St Work Bays
  • 0264 Spring Farms – Carmel Fire Station 46, 540 W 136th St Bay Area
  • 0265 Prairie View – Northview Church, 12900 Hazel Dell Pkwy Atrium
  • 0266 Clay Center 3 – University High School, 2825 West 116th St Gym
  • 0267 Pleasant Grove 2 – John W. Hensel Government Building, 10701 N College Ave., Community Room
  • 0268 Clay Southwest 3 – College Park Church, 2606 W 96th St., Chapel
  • 0269 Coxhall – Coxhall Mansion, 2020 W 116th St., Event Space (1st Floor)
  • 0270 Kingsborough – Carmel Fire Station 46, 540 W 136th St., Bay Area
  • 0272 Clay Northwest 2 – David Klingensmith Admin. Building, 3400 W 131st St, Sign Shop

BMV expands hours for voters needing photo IDs

Indiana BMV Commissioner Don Snemis has announced that license branches will extend hours of operation on Nov. 3 and 4 to issue ID cards and driver’s licenses that may be used for identification at a polling place. Branches will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 3 and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 4.

License branches will only process new, amended or replacement ID cards, and renewed, amended or replacement driver’s licenses, learner permits, and CDLs. Aside from disability placards, the branches will not perform any other BMV services.

The Indiana BMV provides free, state-issued ID cards for voting purposes to any unlicensed Hoosier, as long as he or she can provide proper documentation and is old enough to vote. A complete list of required documents is available at www.myBMV.com.

All license branches will resume regular business hours on Nov. 5.

The BMV previously extended hours for two days prior to the primary election (5,359 credential transactions) and the 2012 general election (14,935 transactions).


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