Don Bates Jr.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.