2015 Westfield Primary Election Guide

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Mayor

Cook

Cook

Andy Cook (incumbent)

Personal: Cook and his wife, Barbara, a physician assistant, are the parents of two sons and a daughter, and have nine grandchildren. After graduating from Northwestern High School near Kokomo, he received a degree in biology and environmental health from Indiana University-Bloomington. After careers with the state dept. of health and the private sector, he joined his son in 1997 to develop Tradewinds, a transportation and logistics corporation, headquartered in Hamilton County.

Background: In 2007, he was the Westfield Town Council president and worked to transition Westfield into becoming Indiana’s newest city on Jan. 1, 2008. He has served as the only mayor in the city’s history.

Website: andycookformayor.com

Harpe

Harpe

Jeff Harpe

Personal: Harpe grew up in a small town in Western Michigan. He studied at Hobart School of Welding Technology in structural welding and pipe fitting, and then became a professional firefighter in 1991. Harpe has lived in Westfield for 13 years total with his wife, Lisa, and children, Brayton, Bryce and Mason.

Background: Harpe has worked at Pike Township Fire Dept. for 23 years and served in the Army Reserves for eight years. He also works as a camp counselor and a Youth for Christ counselor and has been a landlord for 10 years for three different properties.

Website: jeffharpeformayor.com

City Council District 2

Beaudry

Beaudry

Bob Beaudry

Personal: Born and raised in Indianapolis on the west side, Beaudry graduated from Pike High School in 1980 and earned his bachelor’s degree in BSIM (industrial management, industrial engineering) from Purdue University in 1984. He and wife, Alison, have two children, Kelsey and Arden.

Background: Beaudry runs his family-owned business, Indy Screen Print. He spent three years on the Countryside HOA board, holding the offices of vice president and president and is currently serving his second year on the Hamilton County Redevelopment Commission.

Hoover

Hoover

Steve Hoover (incumbent)

Personal: Being a native Hoosier, Hoover graduated from Purdue University in 1972 with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. He and wife, Kris, have two grown daughters, Amy and Ashley. Hoover enjoys golfing, bicycling, woodworking, antiques, boating and spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Background: Hoover was actively involved with Westfield’s new comprehensive plan serving on several sub-committees. Upon retiring from Thomson after 29 years, he became a member of the Grand Junction Task Group and is a member of the Westfield Rotary Club and Westfield-Washington Historical Society.

City Council District 3

Edwards

Edwards

Joe Edwards

Personal: Married to JoAnn, Edwards is a graduate of Westfield High School and earned his bachelor’s in business management at Butler University. He was inducted into the Westfield Washington Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2011. He is a lifelong member of Westfield Friends Church.

Background: Edwards is owner/partner at Edwards-Steele Financial Services. He previously worked at Indiana Farm Bureau Inc. for 33 years and retired as treasurer and CFO. He served on the Westfield Town Council for 12 years. Edwards currently serves on WWS Building Corporation; Hamilton County Economic Development Commission; St.Vincent Hospital Authority of Hamilton County; and Quaker Hill Foundation.

Smith

Smith

Bob Smith (incumbent)

Personal: Smith, a lifelong resident of Hamilton County, graduated from Noblesville High School in 1965. After graduation, he was drafted and served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. Smith then moved to Westfield and acquired ownership of the Westfield Car Clinic. He and wife, Jan, have a daughter, Amber, a step-son, Chris, and three grandchildren.

Background: Smith became a volunteer for the Westfield-Washington Township Fire Dept. in 1974. After five years of volunteer work, he was hired as a professional fire fighter with the Westfield Fire Dept. and was appointed fire chief in 1989.

City Council District 4

Lehman

Lehman

Chuck Lehman

Personal: After 37 years of operating a successful manufacturing business, he sold the company in 2007 and moved to Westfield. Not satisfied with retirement, Lehman researched and then started a clinical lab testing business in 2010. He and his wife, Patricia, have three grown daughters and six grandchildren.

Background: Prior to joining the Westfield City Council, Lehman had more than 15 years of public service experience as Newton County Commissioner and town council president. He also served many years on a seven-county economic development commission. Lehman is active in the Westfield Chambers of Commerce and church, and is a founding member of the Westfield Rotary Club.

McKinney

McKinney

Daniel M. McKinney

Personal: McKinney has lived in Westfield for 16 years and in Hamilton County his entire life. After high school, he worked as a correctional officer at the Hamilton County Jail before enrolling at Indiana University-Bloomington. He graduated with a degree from the Kelley School of Business in business economic consulting, public policy analysis and international business.

Background: McKinney works as a purchasing agent at Rolls-Royce and currently serves as the philanthropy chairman on the Early Professionals Network. McKinney has received professional training on federal government requirements for procuring equipment or services and worked on large cost-saving projects.

*Bobby Smith also filed for the District 4 seat. No contact could be made.

City Council District 5

Ferguson

Ferguson

Brian D. Ferguson

Personal: Ferguson is an Indiana native who moved to Westfield in 1998. He has been married more than 20 years and has three teenage boys. Ferguson enjoys golfing, bowling, walking and watching his boys play sports.

Background: Ferguson works for a small out-of-state insurance company in management and administration. He has a bachelor’s degree in business finance from Indiana University and a bachelor’s in mathematics and statistics from Purdue University.

Horkay

Horkay

Robert L. (Bob) Horkay (incumbent)

Personal: Horkay moved his family to Westfield after accepting a tenant coordinator position with Melvin Simon and Associates (now Simon Property Group) in 1987. He has helped Westfield Youth Sports, assisting coaches for several of his children’s teams and has chaired a church building committee. Horkay married his wife, Tammie, in 1983, and the couple has four children, Chad, Emily, Adam and Neil.

Background: Horkay’s community service started with a six-year stint on The Village Farms Board of Directors, including four as president. He was then appointed to the Westfield-Washington Township Plan Commission where he served for six before running for town council.

City Council At-Large

Ake

Ake

Jim Ake (incumbent)

Personal: Ake has held offices in both church and community organizations everywhere he has lived. In 2000, Ake and his wife, Mary, moved back to Indiana to be closer to their two sons and immediately became active in our community. Ake is a small tax franchise business owner.

Background: Ake has been a community leader in Westfield for the past 15 years, serving on the city council, WeCAN, Centennial HOA Board, Westfield Community Development Corp., Westfield-Washington Township Public Safety Building Corp., Westfield Rotary, Grand Junction Task Group and Westfield Community Emergency Response Team.

Jones

Jones

Barry Jones

Personal: Jones is a lifelong Hoosier, raised in Carmel he has lived in Westfield for 14 years. After graduating from Carmel High School, he attended Ball State University. Jones and wife, Jan, have a daughter, Lindsey.

Background: Jones has worked for small businesses for more than 30 years in Indianapolis and Carmel, such as Roderick St. Johns, D. Dan Clothier and currently Carmel Glass & Mirror. He attends Northview Church and is a leader in the “First Touch” program at the Carmel location.

Smith

Smith

Tom Smith

Personal: Smith is a retired FBI agent and earned his master’s degree in English Language and literature/letters in 1977.

Background: Smith served on the Westfield City Council for four years and was president for two years. He served on the finance committee and founded and ran WeCan for all four years. Smith has chaired the Grand Junction Derby Committee and the committee to locate and hire a new police chief, resulting in the hiring of Chief Joel Rush. He also served on the ordinance revision committee and continues to serve on the public wage assignment committee.

Spoljaric

Spoljaric

Cindy L. Spoljaric

Personal: She has a bachelor’s in public affairs and environmental science and a master’s in planning (Urban and Environmental) from Indiana University. She is married to Dr. Andrew Spoljaric and they have one son, Andy. She enjoys crocheting for charity projects, boating, fishing, gardening and spending time with her family.

Background: Spoljaric moved to Westfield in 2003 and began service on Westfield-Washington Township Advisory Plan Commission and board of zoning appeals in 2005. She also serves on the Macgregor Park Board of Directors, is active in the Carey Ridge PTO, Cub Scout Pack 107, Grand Park initiative, WeCAN and assists in various local volunteer activities.

Thomas

Thomas

Ron Thomas

Personal: Thomas has lived in Westfield for 17 years and has been married to wife, Trudy, for 23 years. He graduated from ITT Technical with an associate degree in electronic engineering and a bachelor’s in automated manufacturing. Thomas works at a family manufacturing business. He has coached 14 years in WYSA recreation soccer and held various positions within the club.

Background: Thomas served on the Westfield Town Council from 2004 through 2007. He was the Westfield Plan Commission president in 2006. Thomas served on the Hamilton County Redevelopment Commission from 2012 through 2013.


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