I am a local community leader and Extension Educator for Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.
As a candidate for State House Representative, I am running to represent a balanced and pragmatic choice for District 24 where partisan politics has dominated for the past two elections.
In my role as a professional educator, it has been my job for the past 10 years to listen to the needs of local communities and collaborate across strong, opposing opinions to find the best path forward. I am also 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 Current Vice-President for the Indiana affiliate of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
My husband, Marty, and I have been married for 28 years and have lived in Carmel since 2008. I have two children, one who went to Creekside Middle School and both who graduated from Brebeuf Jesuit High School. My daughter recently graduated from Indiana University and lives in Louisville and my son is a senior at Purdue.
Why I'm Running To Represent District 24
I made the decision to run for state house representative after the 2016 election. I realized I’d rather be the one making the laws to help us, than reacting to laws could that hurt us. We have critical issues impacting our state this year - like fair elections, education and keeping our kids safe in school, and protecting our environment. Additionally, we need to work on continuing to expand business investment to attract and retain innovative companies that will help Indiana lead the pack in preparing for the future of work. These issues matter now and how we think about them and work to solve them requires a more balanced viewpoint to move Indiana forward.
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®)
Carmel Clay Parks Foundation Board Member : 2015 to Present
President, IN Affiliate, National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
Volunteer, Ss Peter and Paul Soup Kitchen, Indianapolis
Founding Member, Carmel Kiwanis Club
Current Precinct Chair in Hamilton County
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, OH 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’ve worked since 2005, initially as an Internship Coordinator at Johnson & Wales University and presently as an Extension Educator for Purdue University. We have chosen to settle in central Indiana because of the wonderful friends we have made, the quality of the school systems and affordable cost of living.
Letter To Voters
In my role as a professional educator, it has been my job to listen to the needs of local communities and collaborate across strong, opposing opinions to find solutions. As a board member for the Carmel Clay Parks Foundation, founding member of the Carmel Kiwanis Club and the Current Vice-President, for Indiana’s National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, I am well known as an independent thinker, leader, collaborator, thoughtful listener and problem solver.
Bottom line, I am not a career politician. I am a neighbour who cares deeply about our state and the residents of Carmel, Zionsville and Westfield. And I think it’s 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 to always listen first and vote with your interests and the interests of what’s best for Indiana to make a difference for District 24.