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Bartholomew County Republican primary

U.S. Representative District 6

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Don Bates Jr.

PARTY: Republican

AGE: 42

RESIDES: Richmond

OCCUPATION: Financial advisor

EDUCATION: High school graduate of Bethel Holiness Christian School in Columbus; bachelor of theology degree from the Bible Missionary Institute in Rock Island, Ill.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Pilgrim Nazarene Church in Winchester; Richmond Lions Club; past president of Richmond Rotary; Junior Achievement Board of Directors; past member, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Starr Gennett Foundation Board of Directors.

FAMILY: Wife, Amy; sons, Trae, Blake


Bill Frazier

PARTY: Republican

AGE: None given


OCCUPATION: Business owner (Muncie Mobile Home Community), farmer

EDUCATION: Graduate of Albany High School; attended Purdue University; graduate of Ball State University.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Sons of the American Revolution; Disabled American Veterans; local and national Masonic organizations; 4-H programs; NRA; Travelers Protection Association; headed an effort to raise $1 million for scholarships for the hearing impaired; established the William G. & Joan Frazier Foundation, giving scholarships to high school graduates and cash awards to exceptional classroom teachers; Republican committeeman; lifelong member of Grace Baptist church in Muncie.

FAMILY: Wife, Joan; four children (two deceased); seven grandchildren.

Travis Hankins

PARTY: Republican

AGE: 30

RESIDES: Columbus

OCCUPATION: Conservative activist, real estate investor

EDUCATION: Columbus East High School, 2004 graduate Indiana University

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Bible Church of Columbus

FAMILY: Mother, Nancy Hankins; brother Aaron; grandmother Mary Hankins


Luke Messer

PARTY: Republican

AGE: 43

RESIDES: Shelbyville

OCCUPATION: President and CEO of Hoosiers for Economic Growth Network, a privately funded, nonprofit advocacy group focused on education reform.

EDUCATION: Greensburg Community High School, 1987; Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Wabash College, 1991; law degree, Vanderbilt University, 1994.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Co-founder of the nonprofit Child Share Indiana that advocates for foster children and their foster families, seeking to involve the faith community in foster care services. Board member of the Indiana Foster Care and Adoption Association; elder at First Presbyterian Church in Shelbyville.

FAMILY: Wife, Jennifer; daughters, Emma and Ava; son, Hudson.


Joe Sizemore

PARTY: Republican

AGE: 47

RESIDES: Metamora

OCCUPATION: Factory worker at Triumph Fabrications in Shelbyville.

EDUCATION: 1982 graduate of Clay County (Ky.) High School; Ivy Tech business courses; aircraft specifications classes; ISO auditor certified.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Franklin County Council, District 1, elected 2010; assistant coach for Franklin County Girls Softball League; support Stayin’ Alive; volunteer for Special Olympics; attends a Baptist church; community volunteer.

FAMILY: Wife, Christy; children, Rachel, Becca, Joey.

Joseph Van Wye Sr.

PARTY: Republican

AGE: 48

RESIDES: Madison

OCCUPATION: Part-time, self-employed electronic service technician; works part-time for Lifetime Resources

EDUCATION: Attended Cincinnati Bible College, Louisville Bible College and Summit Theological Seminary. Earning a bachelor’s degree in sacred literature. Has an associate’s degree in electronics.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Member and praise and worship leader at Kent Christian Church; executive board of The Whitewater Christian Service Camp, and serve as Dean for the fifth- and sixth-grade week.

FAMILY: Wife, Bonita; children, Joseph Jr., Meghian.


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