About Naomi

Letter to Voters-Why I'm Running To Represent District 24

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’m running again in 2020 because it’s clear our current political supermajority has failed everyday Hoosier families. They are more interested in social conservatism and big business than the health, education and safety of the people they represent. I find that unacceptable.

We need balance in our state legislature that will provide a voice to fight for

  • Competitive pay for public school teachers and keeping our kids safe in school
  • Better, cheaper healthcare options
  • Fair and safe elections
  • The highest standard of clean air and water

I am running to be that voice.

These issues matter now, and how we think about and work to solve them requires a more balanced viewpoint to move Indiana forward.

I am not a career politician. I am a neighbour who cares deeply about our state and the residents of Carmel, Zionsville and Westfield. I think it is time for a much more equal representation of ideas and bi-partisanship in our State House of Representatives. If elected, my promise to you is to always listen first and vote with your best interests in mind.

- Naomi

About Naomi

I am a local community leader and Extension Specialist for Purdue Extension. In my role as a professional educator, it has been my job for 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.

My husband, Marty, and I have been married for over 30 years and have lived in Carmel since 2008. We have two children, one who went to Creekside Middle School and both who graduated from Brebeuf Jesuit High School. Our daughter is a graduate from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and lives in Louisville, and our son is a graduate of Purdue University and lives in eastern Pennsylvania.

Naomi Sponsler Bechtold

Education : B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, M.B.A. from Lehigh University.

Additional Credentials : Naomi is an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®)

Community Involvement

Carmel Clay Parks Foundation Board Member : 2015 to Present

Past President, IN Affiliate National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Volunteer, SS. Peter and Paul Soup Kitchen, Indianapolis

Founding Member, Carmel Kiwanis Club

Experience

I grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and graduated from Duke University where I majored in Public Policy. After graduation, I worked for Guest Quarters Hotels where I met my husband Marty. After we were married we moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where I obtained an M.B.A. from Lehigh University. Post-graduation we moved to Chicago, Illinois where I worked for St. Viator High School as their Development Director raising funds for the school. Two years later we moved to Cleveland, Ohio where my children Bridget Ann and Bryant were born.

Subsequent job moves for Marty landed our family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Charlotte, North Carolina and finally to Indianapolis, Indiana where we’ve lived since 2008. Throughout these relocations, I first started and maintained my own Pampered Chef business and then moved into the world of higher education where I have worked since 2005. At Johnson & Wales University I was employed as an Internship Coordinator and taught a class on Leadership principles. Since 2008 I have been employed at Purdue University. For the first several years I worked at Purdue Extension-Marion County as an Extension Educator; in my current role as Extension Specialist my office is located on campus in West Lafayette.

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