Describe your duties.
I work with the Chamber’s non-partisan political action committee, Indiana Business for Responsive Government (IBRG). We’re the largest state chamber PAC in the United States, focused on electing pro-jobs/pro-economy candidates to the Indiana General Assembly.
I assist with fundraising and communication efforts, and provide administrative support. A lot of my job involves sending correspondence to stakeholders and letting them know what we’re doing; 100% of their contributions goes directly toward election races, which is very unique.
In non-election years, we use that time to build funding for elections. During elections years, it’s more frantic as we try to support our endorsed candidates. Our current endorsements are for primary elections; we’re hitting the ground running for those.
Talk about the annual IBRG golf outing.
It’s a fun event and a great opportunity to network with business leaders and legislators.
Participation is available for foursomes and individuals. This year’s outing will take place June 16 at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville. Contact me at (317) 264-7536 to learn more and register.
All proceeds will benefit IBRG’s election efforts in 2014.
How do you pursue your interest in history?
I enjoy reading biographies of presidents. My goal is to read a bio of every one. I also like traveling to places like Charleston, South Carolina and Williamsburg, Virginia. The cool thing about Charleston is that it has a lot of Revolutionary War and Civil War history. And Williamsburg has an acute awareness of the role it played in the history of the Revolutionary War.
Your family has a political background. How has that inspired your passion for politics?
My grandfather Curtis Rardin was state auditor in the 1950s. On the other side of my family, my uncle was heavily involved in Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign and worked in his communications department in the White House. I got to meet the President.
I’ve always enjoyed listening to my family talk about politics around the Thanksgiving or Christmas table.
Talk about your involvement with the Indiana State Fair.
My family has been involved in the state fair since the 1940s. I’m a member of the 2014 Indiana State Fair Board, which is an elected position. I’m running the Agriculture Horticulture Building.
Growing up on a farm, I have an admiration for anything that grows. The Agriculture Horticulture Building hosts exhibits showcasing the biggest pumpkin, best hay bale, honey judging, flowers, Christmas trees – anything that’s grown in Indiana.
I determine hiring decisions for judges, staff and volunteers as well as which exhibits will be featured. This is my first year as a director; I’ve been a volunteer and have shown horses as an exhibitor.
Favorite movie: The American President
Favorite book: All the King’s Men
Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere with horse shows. My family breeds draft horses and has been all over the country showing them.
Favorite food: my grandma’s banana cream pie