Hendricks County Voters Guide

Avon Town Clerk-Treasurer

Julie Loker (R)  

Julie Loker has served as Avon Town Treasurer for the previous four years. “My main concern is being a good steward for our town’s money. I want to bring us into the digital age and leave each year financially better than the one before.” 

Prior to serving as treasurer, she served on the Avon Police Merit Board. “Spending time on the merit board made me want to run for office and do more for the community I live in.” 

Avon Town Council 

Jayson R. Puckett (R) AT LARGE

Jayson Puckett has worked in the Hendricks County Auditor’s office for the past 12 years and now he is running for Town Council. His focus is on using the community’s tax base to help the town grow. “I hope to use my knowledge of local government finance and economic development resources to help Avon grow in a responsible manner. I want to provide the tools our schools and law enforcement need to handle the increasing population.”

Puckett also wants to increase transparency between the council and county residents. “I am running for this council seat to be a servant of the community.” 

J.D. Thomas (R) AT LARGE

J.D. Thomas is running for Avon Town Council for the first time. His main focus is what he calls “strategic capital investment.” He said this means, “Bringing jobs to Avon that are going to be the most beneficial.” 

Thomas also wants to improve home affordability, home accessibility and home ownership in Avon. 

“I am opposed to out-of-state hedge funds manipulating the market,” he said. “Individuals might want to buy, but they have fewer opportunities to buy because some companies have artificially inflated the market.” 

Jeffry Haviza (R) AT LARGE

Jeffry Haviza served on the first Avon Town Council from 1995-1998. Now, he has decided to run again. 

“Growth in Avon is my focus,” Haviza said. “I feel that Avon is getting too big. We need to cut back on some structures that are putting stress on our existing infrastructure.”

Robert Pope (D) AT LARGE

Robert Pope is wrapping up his first term on the Avon Town Council and he is running for re-election. Pope’s focus for his election is on the local tax base and increasing transparency between the town council and residents. 

“I want to focus on continuing to grow our local economy and diversifying our tax base as well as finding and removing wasteful inefficiencies in our local governments, especially duplicated services. Both of these goals have the intent of reducing the need for additional property taxes through school referendums.”

Brownsburg Town Clerk-Treasurer

Ann Hathaway (R)  

Ann Hathaway has served as Brownsburg clerk-treasurer since 2015. 

“I plan to continue looking for ways to streamline processes and contain costs,” she said. “I plan to continue working with the town council and staff by providing them necessary information to make decisions.” 

Hathaway also currently serves on the parish council at St. Christopher Catholic Church. 

Brownsburg Town Council

Glenn Adams (R)  WARD 2

If elected, Glenn Adams wants to focus on public safety. He believes that the Brownsburg Police Department is lacking the funds and resources needed to effectively do their jobs. 

“We are a safe town, but we still have our issues,” Adams said. “We used to be a leader for officer pay, and now we are near the bottom. I would like to see the base pay at least $69,000 a year for officers.”

Adams also hopes to bring attention to the lack of turnout for local elections, saying having a mayor might benefit the town and encourage people to be more involved in local elections. 

Mark Tieken (R) WARD 3

Mark Tieken has served on the Brownsburg Town Council since February. 

He previously volunteered on the campaigns of former Sheriff Brett Clark and current Sheriff Jack Sadler. As a 34 year Hendricks County resident, Tieken hopes to continue to improve the quality of life in Brownsburg. 

“I love Brownsburg,” he said. “Public safety and planning are my primary concerns.”

Cynthia Hohman (D) WARD 3

Cynthia Hohman has a long list of issues that she hopes to tackle as town council member. “High density housing, too many warehouses, a canceled community center, town service cutbacks, no consideration for our neighbors and a total disrespect for the character of our town — I want to change all that. So, that is why I’m running for office,” she said. 

Hohman hopes to increase transparency with the community. When the town council received a pay raise, Hohman donated her extra money to Brownsburg Little League, Brownsburg Girls Softball and Brownsburg Older Adults Alliance. 

Matt Simpson (R) WARD 4

Did not respond to requests for comment. 

Brownsburg Town Judge

Gene Hostetter (R)  

Gene Hostetter is running unopposed for Brownsburg Town Court Judge. He has been involved in politics for over 25 years. 

“Each term that I have served as the Brownsburg judge, it has always and will continue to be my top priority to keep court operating costs as low as possible and to continue to maximize court revenues in a fair and responsible manner to all,” he said.

Danville Town Clerk-Treasurer

Tracy Jones (R) 

Tracy Jones, owner of Courthouse Grounds, is running for treasurer for the first time. She says balancing the financial responsibilities of owning a restaurant for 25 years has given her the financial skills that are necessary for a town treasurer. 

“Managing the finances as well as serving as an effective clerk comes first,” she said. “I am motivated to discover grants and other sources of money for the town, for economic development and development that is in balance with our environmental concerns as a town.” 

Nancy Leavitt (R) 

Nancy Leavitt is running for treasurer for the first time. For the past 15 years, she has worked with the financial sector of the Danville Prosecutor’s Office and Drug Task Force. If elected, she would consider it her full-time job. 

“This will be a full-time job and not just a side thing like it has been for years,” she said. “I want to ensure the budget is balanced each year as we go into uncertain financial times.” 

Carrie Lofton (R) 

Carrie Lofton has worked in the financial sector for over 25 years. For the last 14, she served as the payroll deputy for Hendricks County. 

“Being entrusted with the taxpayer’s money is an important public trust,” Lofton said. “I look upon this responsibility as a public service position in which I will serve for the benefit of the people of Danville. I pledge to work hard every day, always striving to do my very best and to ensure that the clerk-treasurer’s office remains fiscally responsible in maintaining a sound fiscal standing.”

Danville Town Council

Michael Chatham (R) WARD 2

Michael Chatham was voted onto the Danville Town Council in July and is running for reelection. His primary focus is on public safety. 

“I am working on making sure our water, sewer and utilities can keep pace,” Chatham said. “All departments in town are of utmost importance to me in making sure they have what they need to service the citizens of Danville.” 

Chatham also wants to focus on the high rate of employee turnover in Danville. 

“Employee retention and pay are some hurdles that we are effectively working on on a daily basis,” he said. 

Brian D. Sauer (R)  WARD 2 

Brian Sauer is running for office for the first time. His primary concern is maintaining Danville’s “small-town charm.”

“Growth is inevitable, and I am for growth as long as the proper infrastructure and resources are in place,” Sauer said. 

He also wants to increase resources that the fire, police, utility, parks and development services receive. 

“They play a vital part in the operation of the town,” he said. “If elected, I look forward to assisting them in obtaining the resources they need to do their jobs effectively.” 

Greg Black (R)  AT LARGE

As a Danville Town Council member, Greg Black wants to focus on Danville’s traffic. With the talk of a potential bypass being built, Black believes that will improve driver safety and revenues for local businesses. 

“By solving the traffic nightmare, we can also bring in light industry and manufacturing to increase tax revenue and provide jobs, help Danville grow qualitatively and economically, preserve land values without inflating those astronomically and promote beautification, culture, cuisine and recreation,” Black said. 

Bret W. Doub (R) AT LARGE

Bret Doub is running for Danville Town Council for the first time. For the last 15 years he has worked for the Town of Danville, including leading efforts to regain control of the town’s wastewater collection system. 

“My most important topics would be employee retention, traffic flow through town, connectivity via trails and sidewalks, effective planning and affordable housing options,” he said. “I hope to bring a unique perspective to the council. I believe it would be a major benefit to have someone who can bridge the gap in the council’s understanding of our infrastructure.” 

David C. Potter (R) AT LARGE

David Potter is running for his first elected position on Danville Town Council. Potter plans to create 2-, 5- and 10-year financial plans for the town. Potter is concerned with the financial effects of the landfill operation ending. 

“I want to focus on the town leadership’s failure to identify, evaluate and consider the consequences of their decisions on the town’s charm and character, its fiscal resources, its infrastructure, its traffic and public safety and its schools.” 

Mandy Shelley (R) AT LARGE

Mandy Shelley is running for office for the first time. She wants to focus on ensuring that the police and fire departments have the resources they need to handle Danville’s rapidly growing population. 

Shelley’s secondary focus is on keeping Danville similar to the way it is now while embracing change. “I would like to keep the small town feel and not lose its charm. I feel that we need to ensure that we focus on responsible controlled growth and order to maintain the community values that make Danville a place where parents want to raise their families.”

David Winters (R)  AT LARGE

David Winters has served on the Danville Town Council since 2020. His goal is to improve Danville’s economic stability. He hopes to make a positive name for Danville and to help the town grow. 

“I want our town to do more than exist on the map,” he said. “I want us to thrive. Councils of the past, administrations of the past, simply lacked vision as it relates to placing Danville in the best possible position to succeed.” 

Randy Waltz (R)  AT LARGE

Randy Waltz has worked with Danville fire and EMS for the past four decades. Now, he is running for Danville Town Council. His primary focus is on improving benefits for the fire department. 

“A lot of people have left due to pay and benefits,” he said. “We need to entice people to stay.” 

Waltz is also targeting Danville’s traffic problem and proposing a potential bypass to alleviate rush hours. His third focus is on helping the town grow in a positive way. 

“Growth generates revenue,” he said. “We need to go after businesses and have a good mix of affordable and upscale housing.” 

Pittsboro Town Council

Jarod Baker (R) WARD 2

Jarod Baker has served on the Pittsboro Town Council for three years. He hopes to increase transparency between the town council and Pittsboro residents. 

“I want to make sure we continue to make wise financial decisions,” Baker said. “I see it as Pittsboro is growing and will continue to grow. We need to address our needs in infrastructure and police departments. We have to align our needs with the school district.”

Larry Compton (R) WARD 1

Larry Compton is running for Pittsboro Town Council. Compton taught economics and government at Northwest High School for over 30 years. Previously, he served on the Pittsboro Fire Board and the Economic Development Commission. He currently serves on the Pittsboro Police Commission. 

“I want to ensure that myself and fellow council members are making wise financial decisions for the community and its residents,” Compton said. “I will ensure there is open communication and transparency between the town council and its residents so information shared is factual information.” 

Terry Northern (R) WARD 3

Terry Northern, a 40-year resident of Hendricks County, is running for reelection to the Pittsboro Town Council. He has spent his professional career working in road and bridge design, wastewater treatment and as a director of facilities engineering in the healthcare industry.  

“My career has placed me before countless planning commissions, town councils and zoning boards to speak as both a petitioner supporting a project and occasionally as a remonstrator opposing the project,” Northern said. “This has given me the ability to appreciate, value and respect the differing opinions which exist whenever change is imminent.”

Jay Thompson (R) WARD 1

Jay Thompson was elected onto the Town Council in 2020. He is campaigning for re-election this year. He’s looking to see if the town is happy with how he has represented them the past three years. 

Thompson wants to focus on the resident’s worries about town expansion and high utility bills. 

“The biggest complaint I hear is about our high utility bills. I’m doing research to find out why the town has apparently given Steel Dynamics a pass on agreements for their waste water use rates but shuts off homeowners and renters who hit the 60 and 90 day past due mark.”

Plainfield Town Clerk 

Mark Todisco (R) 

Mark Todisco has held the position of clerk-treasurer since October 2017. Previously, he served as the Plainfield Community School Board trustee from 1993-2017. 

In the first part of his term as treasurer, Todisco has focused on digitizing records to provide easier access for residents. 

“The Town of Plainfield will continue to grow, and keeping up on this growth will be extremely important,” he said. “With growth comes additional contracts and agreements representing every department in town government. Therefore, record keeping and control of all these transactions will be very important.” 

Plainfield Town Council

Gary Everling (R)  WARD 1

Gary Everling is running for Town Council for the first time. He previously worked on the Plainfield Redevelopment Commission for three years. For the past six months, he has worked for the Plainfield Planning Commission. 

“Plainfield is one of the best places to live and work. We need to continue making smart business decisions,” Everling said. “I want it to be easy for businesses to do their business with the town.” 

Everling is happy with the current housing situation. 

“We are in a better place concerning housing,” he said. “We have a good mix of single and multi-family homes.” 

Robin Brangard (R) WARD 4

Robin Brangard has been a member of the Plainfield Town Council since 1980 and council president since 1992. He is also a member of the Plainfield Lions Club and Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership. 

Brangard’s focus on town council is to make only decisions that are beneficial to the town and keep out hidden special interests. He hopes to preserve the “small-town atmosphere” while keeping residential sections separate from the commercial and retail sections. 

Brangard also wants to focus on improving the parks departments, such as the recreation center, Splash Island and greenways system.

Dan Bridget (R) WARD 5

Prior to serving on the town council, Dan Bridget served as secretary of the Plainfield Community Development Corporation and a member of the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce. 

Bridget wants to make Plainfield a desirable place to live where people can feel safe. 

“The goal of my work is to make our town a place where people want to live, work and play — a safe place that is looking to its future needs,” he said.

Bridget wants to embrace the inevitable growth and changes to the town while not losing the parts of the town that makes it special. 

“I want to keep and preserve the best of Plainfield’s past, the things that make our town unique to its history,” he said. 

Ed Gaddie (R) WARD 5

Town council candidate Ed Gaddie stands by his motto, “Time for a Change.” He believes that Plainfield is experiencing rapid growth that is causing costs in some areas to be too high.

As a seven-year veteran of the Air Force, Gaddie belongs to the Plainfield American Legion. He is also a member of the Plainfield Optimist Club.