I made the decision to run for state house representative in 2018 because I wanted to be a part of building a better Indiana-and received 42% of the vote in our district where there hadn’t been a Democrat on the ballot for over a decade.
I am a local community leader and Extension Specialist for Purdue Extension. In my role as a professional educator, it has been my job to listen to over a decade to listen to the needs of local communities and collaborate across strong, opposing opinions to find the best path forward. I am well known as an independent thinker, leader, collaborator, thoughtful listener and problem solver in my community leadership roles as a board member for the Carmel Clay Parks Foundation, founding member of the Carmel Kiwanis Club and the past President for the Indiana affiliate of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Based on testimony in the US Senate Intelligence Committee Report on interference in the 2016 US Election, we know Russia successfully infiltrated databases of tens of thousands of Hoosier voters.
In 2019 the Indiana legislature approved five times more funding for private and charter schools than our public schools, keeping Indiana’s teachers the lowest paid in the midwest - compared to Michigan #1, Ohio #3, Kentucky #7.
Better Indiana, an organization that supports "local and state leaders and organizations that work to improve the lives and livelihood of all Hoosiers" formally endorsed Naomi's candidacy on November 6, 2017, exactly 365 days until the 2018 election.
To all who have “signed up” to endorse me – thank you for your support. I am humbled and honored that you have joined me for this journey. I can’t do this without you.
"Sometimes you meet someone with so much passion and integrity, that you realize how important and rare those people truly are. Naomi Bechtold encompasses these characteristics by her skill to lead by example and express her opinions with candor and empathy. Her ability to mobilize leaders across Indiana as a Purdue Extension Educator makes her uniquely qualified to understand and respond to her community's needs in District 24."
Manager, Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network