2016 Hamilton County Primary Election Guide
Hamilton County Auditor
Personal: Mills was married to the late Jim Mills for 26 years and has two children, Jared, 26, and Shelby, 23. Shelby’s husband, Daniel, serves in the U.S. Air Force, and the couple are stationed in Turkey, with Mills taking care of her “grand puppy” Chloe, a mini Australian shepherd.
Background: Mills graduated from Noblesville High School in 1980 and from the Hamilton Co. Leadership Academy in 1998. She previously served as Hamilton Co. auditor from 2000 to 2008 and since 2009 has been employed as the chief deputy auditor for Hamilton Co. Mills is a breast cancer survivor and member of Cicero Christian Church. She’s also the secretary of Cicero Kiwanis and a member of the Hamilton Co. Republican Women’s Club and Hamilton Co. GOP Breakfast Club.
Facebook group: Robin M. Mills for Hamilton County Auditor
Hamilton County Commissioner District 2
Steven C. Dillinger
Personal: Married to Renee Dillinger. They have two adult daughters, Shellie, 50, and Sheri, 47, along with five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Background: Dillinger graduated Noblesville High School and attended IUPUI and various financial planning classes. He now is the owner of S.C. Dillinger & Associates, an insurance and financial agency, in Noblesville. He is currently serving his 24th year as a Hamilton Co. Commissioner. Dillinger is a member of Green Valley Church of Christ in Noblesville, the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce and is one of three original members of the NEFL Football Hall of Fame. He is president of the Executive Board for the Noblesville Elementary Football League, a member of the Advisory Board of Old National Bank and a member of the Indianapolis & National Life Underwriters Association.
Hamilton County Commissioner District 3
Personal: Bill Smythe married Brenda in 1981 and has three sons, William II, 33, Andrew, 29 and Kyle, 26. He and his family have lived in Legends of Geist since 1993.
Background: Smythe currently works as a Registered Lobbyist for the State of Indiana for Indiana Amusement & Music Association and is managing member of WP Smythe Fishers LLC /DBA Claude & Annie’s Fishers. He is a member of Fishers United Methodist Church. Smythe attended IUPUI.
Personal: Heirbrandt is married to Gina, and has three sons, Blake, Evan and Ethan. He has lived in Noblesville, Carmel and currently resides in Westfield.
Background: Heirbrandt attended Ben Davis High School and University of Indianapolis, double majoring in chemistry and biology. He has served as Hamilton Co. Commissioner since 2013. He is involved in charity work with Janus Developmental Services, youth assistance programs, The Cherish Center, Humane Society of Hamilton Co., Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, Meals & Wheels and St. Maria Goretti Parish.
Hamiton County Council At Large
Personal: Beaver is married to Trina, and they have three children, Lauren, Tyler and Courtney. They reside in Noblesville.
Background: He owns BeaverAir, Inc. and has been a heating and cooling contractor in Noblesville since 1980. He is currently a member of the Hamilton Co. Council and is a supporter of the Noblesville Boys & Girls club and Janus Developmental Services.
Personal: Dennis lives in Westfield and is married to his wife, Sandra. They have four children, Jeff, 53, Dawn, 51, Eric, 50, and Dayna, 49.
Background: Dennis is a 1958 graduate of the Indiana Barber College. He retired from being a barber in Home Place, Ind. at Just Haircuts, which he sold four years ago. He was the president of the Westfield Lions Club in 1969 and was on the Westfield School Board in 1964.
Personal: Hern is married to Kathy, and they have three sons. They reside in Fishers.
Background: Hern graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree. He is a township trustee for Fall Creek Township and has improved fire protection by purchasing a tanker truck, ambulance and rescue boat for Fishers Fire Dept. He has partnered with the Youth Assistance Program and the HSE Schools Vocational Adult program.
Personal: Lifelong resident of Fishers, and has been married to wife Jennifer for 33 years. Two sons, Greg, 30 and Geoffrey, 26.
Background: Kehl has served as chief of police for the Fishers Police Dept. since 1978. He graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School in 1972, from Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1978, from the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy for Law Enforcement in 1991. Established FPD’s CrimeWatch, D.A.R.E, bicycle patrol, citizen’s academy, citizen’s academy alumni, teen academy and police explorers programs.
Personal: Wife Cheryl, and three sons. Resides in Westfield.
Background: McKinney graduated from Heritage Christian Schools, Butler University with a B.S. in business administration and Indiana Wesleyan University, MBA. Currently serves on the Hamilton Co. Council, At-Large. He is a graduate of the Hamilton Co. Leadership Academy.
Hamilton County Judge Superior Court No. 2
Personal: Najjar and his wife, Karen, will celebrate their 20th anniversary this summer. They have three children, Katherine, 18, Nicholas, 12, and Nathaniel, 10. Their family also includes a dog, Ginger, and guinea pig, Calvin.
Background: Najjar graduated from Carmel High School in 1990 and went on to attend Indiana University, where he earned a B.A. in political science in 1994 and before earning his J.D. from the McKinney School of Law at the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis in 1997. Najjar has been employed as magistrate for the Hamilton Co. circuit and superior courts since 2005. He’s active as a lay leader at St. George Orthodox Church in Fishers and with the Boy Scouts of America.
Personal: An Arizona native, Brown has lived in Noblesville since 1997. He and his wife, Molly, have four children. Robert, a junior at IU, Mitchell and Sam, Noblesville High School students, and Jane, who was born Dec. 30, 2015. The family also includes their dog, Olive, a boxer.
Background: Brown graduated from Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix in 1990 and earned a BA in political science from the University of Arizona in 1994. He attended the Indiana University McKinney School of Law at Indianapolis, graduating in 1997 and has been practicing law in Indiana since 1998. He has practiced primarily in areas of civil litigation, including family law and bankruptcy, and currently operates his own practice, Bankruptcy Office of Jon Brown. Brown has coached youth baseball since 2000 and currently serves on the board of trustees for Noblesville Youth Baseball. He’s volunteered as a basketball coach at the Noblesville Boys and Girls Club and helps with the Noblesville Elementary Football League. Brown has served as Cubmaster for three years with Cub Scout Pack 211 and helps with Troop 101 as an adult leader. He attends Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Noblesville.
Hamilton County Surveyor
Kenton C. Ward
Personal: Ward’s wife is Robin Ward. Together they have a daughter, Kate Murray (husband Adam) and a son, Alex Ward (wife Cara, son Beckham).
Background: Ward is a 1972 graduate of Noblesville High School. He later attended Purdue University, where he received an associate’s degree is architectural technology in 1974 and a bachelor’s degree in construction technology in 1976. He earned a master’s in public affairs from Indiana University in 1986. Ward currently serves as the Hamilton Co. Surveyor and is a member of the Hamilton Co. Historical Society, Noblesville High School Alumni Association and Noblesville First Christian Church.
Hamilton County Treasurer
Personal: Married to Sherman Lee Templeton II. They have three children, Madeline, 18, Benjamin, 15, and Thomas, 10. They also have two dogs, Peanut and Spike, two rats, Max and Milo, and a rabbit, Mia.
Background: Templeton graduated from Hamilton Heights in 1993. She currently works as the Hamilton Co. Treasurer and is a member of the Cicero Kiwanis and Friends of the Hamilton North Public Library. She is also president of the Hamilton Co. Federated Republican Women, treasurer of the Indiana County Treasurer’s Association and co-leader for Girl Scout Troop #1318 at Hamilton Heights High School.
Westfield Polling Places
The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 3.
0701 East Westfield 1 – Westfield City Hall, 130 E. Penn St., Assembly Room
0702 West Westfield – Westfield Washington Public Library, 333 W. Hoover St., Community Room
0703 Eagletown – Maple Glen Elementary, 17171 Ditch Rd., Multi-Purpose Room
0704 Joliet – Lifepointe Church (former Little Eagle Creek), 3233 W. 166th St., Fellowship Hall
0705 Horton – Monon Trail Elementary, 19400 Tomlinson Rd., Multi-Purpose Room
0706 Oak Ridge 1 – St. Maria Goretti School, 17104 Spring Mill Rd., Monsignor Duncan Hall
0707 East Washington – Washington Woods Elementary, 17950 Grassy Branch Rd., Gymnasium
0708 Southeast Westfield 1 – Smith Memorial Building at Union Bible College, 434 S. Union St., Gym
0709 Village Farms 01 – Village Farms Clubhouse, 453 Greyhound Pass, Clubhouse/Upper Level
0710 Village Farms 02 – Washington Twp Offices, 1549 E. Greyhound Pass, Conference Room
0711 South Westfield 1 – Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000-1 E. 151st St., Auditorium
0712 Village Farms 03 – Village Farms Clubhouse, 453 Greyhound Pass, Clubhouse/Upper Level
0713 South Westfield 2 – Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000-1 E. 151st St., Auditorium
0714 Centennial 1 – Cornerstone Bible Church, 720 Liberty Dr., Foyer
0715 East Westfield 2 – Washington Woods Elementary, 17950 Grassy Branch Rd., Gymnasium
0716 Southwest Westfield – Oak Trace Elementary, 16504 Oak Ridge Rd., Gymnasium
0717 Westfield 17 – Maple Glen Elementary, 17171 Ditch Rd., Multi-Purpose Room
0718 Centennial 2 – Cornerstone Bible Church, 720 Liberty Dr., Foyer
0719 Oak Ridge 2 – New Joy Lutheran Church, 316 W. 156th St., Sanctuary
0720 Oak Ridge 3 – New Joy Lutheran Church, 316 W. 156th St., Sanctuary
0721 Southeast Westfield 2 – Smith Memorial Building at Union Bible College, 434 S. Union St., Gym
0722 The Village – Centennial Meeting House, 14800 Parkhurst Dr. Westfield, Main Room
0723 Westfield 23 – Washington Twp Offices, 1549 E. Greyhound Pass, Conference Room
0724 Westfield 24 – Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000-1 E. 151st St., Auditorium
0725 Westfield 25 – Shamrock Springs Elementary, 747 W. 161st St., Gymnasium
0726 Westfield 26 – Oak Trace Elementary, 16504 Oak Ridge Rd., Gymnasium
0727 Westfield 27, Shamrock Springs Elementary, 747 W. 161st St.