Indiana State Representative Ryan Hatfield, District 50
Ryan Hatfield has served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing his hometown of Evansville, since 2016. He is a member of the Judiciary, Public Health, Utilities, and the Energy and Telecommunication committees. Hatfield is a lawyer at Hatfield Law Office, LLC in Evansville and an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College
County Councilwoman Stephanie Terry
Stephanie Terry was appointed to the Vanderburgh County Council to fill a vacant seat; winning the seat via election only six months later. Terry is the first African-American woman to the Council. Re-elected in both 2014 and 2018, Terry is serving her third consecutive term.
Terry currently serves as the Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Evansville (cMoe), and has over 15 years of experience in not-for-profit organization management. In 2011, the Evansville Courier & Press named Stephanie a “20 under 40” Emerging Leader. In 2015, she was awarded Soror of the Year by the Midwest Region of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In 2017, the University of Southern Indiana Multicultural Center recognized her as a Phenomenal Woman and, recently, Stephanie was named one of the 2018 Southwest Indiana Chamber Athena finalists.
County Commissioner Jeff Hatfield
Jeff and his wife have been married for 36 years. They have two grown sons and daughters- in-law and two grandchildren. Jeff graduated from Memorial High School and the University of Evansville. Jeff has owned and operated Core Contractors, Inc. for 35 years. Jeff has served as a County Commissioner for the 2nd district since January of 2019.
County Commissioner Ben Shoulders
Ben Shoulders is a lifelong Vanderburgh County resident with a passion for serving his community. A 1996 graduate of Harrison High School, Ben received his BA from Indiana University before returning to his hometown. He earned his Bank Management Certificate in 2010, and is a 2011 graduate of the Indiana Bankers Association Commercial Lending School. Today, he is a Vice President/Corporate Relationship Manager at Old National Bank, and has spent 13 of the last 15 years working in the banking industry.
During that time, Shoulders – a 2011 Leadership Evansville graduate – also has served as a devoted public servant and advocate for Vanderburgh County, serving on numerous committees and not-for-profit boards. Shoulders also is a past president of the local IU Alumni Association, and recently served as Treasurer of the Convention and Visitors’ Bureaus Board of Commissioners after being appointed to the board by the Vanderburgh County Council.
Ben Trockman, First Ward
A graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, Trockman joined Old National Bank in 2014, and is now in the role of Diversity and Inclusion Outreach Specialist. Ben is challenging Old National to become a leader in disability employment and inclusion through education and awareness, while working to enhance recruiting efforts and rethinking the hiring processes to successfully recruit, on-board and employ people with disabilities. Ben works with legislators in Washington DC and Indianapolis to improve employment opportunities, airline accessibility, and healthcare options for people with disabilities. He previously served as a National Ambassador for Easter Seals.
In 2015, Trockman was presented with the “Spirit of Ability Award” by BraunAbility in recognition of his efforts at Old National. In July 2016, Ben was nominated as an “Honorary Torchbearer” for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay. Ben was presented with the “Individual Achievement Award” by Leadership Evansville and, most recently, Ben was nominated by the Evansville Business Journal as a “20 under 40.”
Evansville City Councilwoman Missy Mosby, Ward 2
Missy Mosby feels her heart belongs in Evansville. Born and raised here in the city, Mosby graduated from Mater Dei High School in 1986 with honors and received her Real Estate License in 1998.
Currently serving her third term on the Evansville City Council, Mosby sees public service as a passion instilled in her by her parents. She served two terms as Council President and was involved with the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force, served as Chaplain of the FOPA, is active in numerous 2nd Ward neighborhood associations, and is a member of several committees on the Council. Mosby serves as the treasurer and media spokesperson for It Takes a Village. She also serves as the liaison to Evansville Animal Care and Control.
Zac Heronemus, Third Ward
Raised as an Army brat, Heronemus developed a passion for public service at an early age. Relocating to Evansville in the summer of 2007 with his wife, Megan, he has served the community of Evansville as an activist for education, Chief Deputy Treasurer of Vanderburgh County, and in nonprofit development for United Way of Southwestern Indiana. Heronemus is currently a licensed realtor serving clients in Southwestern Indiana. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 2008 as well as a Master of Public Administration in 2011 – both from the University of Southern Indiana (USI).
Alex Burton, Fourth Ward
Alex Burton was born and raised in Evansville, IN. He attended and graduated from both Indiana State University (B.S. Communications) and Western Kentucky University (Master’s of Public Administration). Alex is involved in local and statewide affairs and is at the forefront of several initiatives that relate to workforce development, youth, and economic development.
Alex believes that the future of this city is dependent upon the choices made in the next few years, and his involvements put him in the right position to not only serve, but lead and ensure every resident believes that ‘E’ is for everyone.
Evansville City Councilman Jim Brinkmeyer, Ward 6
Jim is a lifelong resident of Evansville, graduating from Reitz High School in 1982. He obtained a B.S from the University of Southern Indiana in 1988, and a Masters in 1994. Jim has taught for 26 years, 24 of those years at Reitz, one at Central, as well as serving as an Assistant Principal at North from 2001-02. He has coached basketball for over 20 years and is currently the head coach of the men’s track team. Jim is active in his community as a member of the Westside Nutclub and R-Mens Varsity Club. He is a past President of the R-Mens and the Evansville Youth Baseball West Little League. Jim has two children, Evan is 23, a fellow graduate of Reitz and USI, and Haley, a third grader at Corpus Christi School.
Kaitlin Moore Morley, At-Large
Moore Morley, an Evansville native, graduated from Reitz High School. She moved to Europe in 2003, teaching adult students English as a second language. While abroad, she studied Spanish and sociology, and earned her undergraduate degree in anthropology. Upon her return to the United States, Moore Morley returned to earn her Master’s in Divinity. She has served with numerous Methodist congregations in the Evansville area, serving currently as an assistant pastor of community outreach at Trinity United Methodist. Moore Morley is making her first run for political office as a member of this year’s Indiana Democratic Party’s “Emerging Leaders Project.” A caring and charismatic personality, she loves helping people find solutions. Kaitlin is ready to represent everyone in the Evansville community.
Laura Windhorst, Evansville City Clerk
As an elected official, City Clerk Laura Windhorst has proudly represented the City of Evansville since 2012 and continues to focus on customer service and citizen engagement. Windhorst has sought out ways to improve the public’s accessibility to city meetings and records, online payment methods, and opportunities to serve the community.
Kathryn Martin, Knight Township Trustee
Kathryn Martin has been the Knight Township Trustee since 2010. Kathryn draws from her previous experiences effecting positive change in the tri-state, establishing her as a great public servant for residents of Knight Township. Kathryn believes that the township government provides a crucial service to the residents of Knight Township, offering immediate help in times of need.
Mariama Wilson, Pigeon Township Trustee
Mariama Wilson was elected Pigeon Township Trustee in 2018. She holds a BS in social work from the University of Southern Indiana, as well as two separate degrees from Ivy Tech. Wilson is a founding member of the Evansville chapter of Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK). She is the mother of seven, a grandmother, and a member of the Nazarene Baptist Church congregation.
Rick Riney, Perry Township Trustee
Rick Riney is a career public servant. After graduating from Reitz High School, Rick attended the then Evansville College, joining the Navy after his collegiate education. When he returned home, he took public service a step further when he joined the Evansville Fire Department, serving for 30 years. He is now a member of the West Side Nut Club and also a member of the AMVETS-Post 84, VFW-Post 114, the River Bend Association and the John F. Kennedy Club.
Mike Goebel, Vanderburgh County Council At-Large Position 1
Mike Goebel is running for re-election as an At-Large member of the Vanderburgh County Council. Mike enjoys serving on the Council and is proud to have remained true to his and his constituents’ values by funding the necessary services Vanderburgh County residents expect while operating with dramatically reduced revenues.
A lifelong resident of Southern Indiana, Mike is a graduate of Mater Dei High School and University of Southern Indiana. He has for many years taught government and history at Mater Dei High School. He has served as Social Studies Department Chairman for 17 years. Mike has also been fortunate to coach IHSAA state championship teams in the sports of football and wrestling.
Taxpayers can be assured that Mike will, as their Councilman, continue to represent them with a fair, no-nonsense approach. He will continue to listen to the concerns of all constituents, providing a strong, stable voice for the residents of Vanderburgh County. His philosophy is that members of the Council, regardless of political party, work together with other elected officials and department heads to secure the most effective and efficient public services for those they serve.
Mike’s priorities as your Councilman include:
- Protecting taxpayers from unnecessary expenses and providing Vanderburgh County residents with a balanced budget.
- Continuing to work with county officeholders to offset revenue shortages by finding greater efficiencies in the way government operates without sacrificing services.
- Continued support to develop long-term plans that will promote economic growth, good paying jobs, and business expansion in Vanderburgh County.
- Provide funding for and maintaining our local roads, streets, and bridges so as to allow safe and efficient travel throughout our community.
- Continued support for maintaining and improving our educational systems.
- Continued support and funding for our law enforcement and judicial systems.
Steve Lockyear, Vanderburgh County Coroner
Steve Lockyear is running for Vanderburgh County Coroner because it is an opportunity to continue to serve the community. The concept of Public Service was an important part of Steve’s upbringing and it was considered an honor to serve the people.
He served more than 24 years with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and is currently Chief Deputy Coroner, a position he has served in for the past seven years.
The Coroner’s office investigates deaths that are suspicious in nature and not from natural causes. Of the more than 2,000 people that die in Vanderburgh County annually, about 350 become cases for the Coroner. The two trauma centers in Evansville draw cases from a 3-state area, and if those victims die here – even if the initial incident took place in another state, and possibly more than 100 miles away – they become cases for the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office. This requires the Coroner and staff, such as Steve as current Chief Deputy, to be familiar with laws of a number of other states besides Indiana. Through his experience over 30 years, Steve has developed relationships with a majority of the law enforcement agencies in the area, has compassionately helped guide bereaved families through the maze of government agencies, and has testified and assisted the prosecution in countless trials.
The Coroner’s Office does not just respond to deaths but is actively involved in prevention. Steve has several public health concerns that he has been involved in actively combating. He is extremely concerned about abuse of prescription medication and heroin, which have become the leading causes of death in this community. Suicide prevention has been an issue he focuses on, and Steve is currently a member of the Suicide Prevention Coalition, a group that provides prevention education and treatment referrals. He has for many years served on the Child Fatality Death Review Board. He continues to be involved in community disaster preparedness. Finally, Steve is involved in preparedness for highly contagious disease outbreaks that could threaten the community.