July 5, 1983
Avon High School
Indiana Univ. B.A
Butler Univ. M.B.A
Ohio Northern Univ. J.D.
As a native Hoosier, I had the privilege of growing up in Hendricks County. I fondly remember spending my time hiking the trails at Ellis Park and playing little league at the AJAA diamonds. My sister and I were lucky that our parents chose to raise us in Avon, where I attended Pine Tree Elementary, Avon Middle School, and Avon High School.
As the first in my immediate family to attend college, I studied Communications at Indiana University. It was at IU that I saw the true value of diversity and its benefits to the community. Spending time with people from all walks of life and parts of the world, I learned more about myself and my place in society.
During law school at Ohio Northern University, I worked in the offices of the public defender and prosecutor in Ohio and West Virginia. I saw firsthand how poverty, underfunded schools, and the lack of employment opportunities related directly to increased drug use, crime, and unsafe communities, while also learning how helping those in need can make a positive difference in people’s lives.
While earning my MBA at Butler University, I had the privilege to consult with local businesses and non-profits. These experiences shed light on the important role our elected officials play in drafting equitable economic and social policies so that our communities can continue to grow and thrive.
In my free time, I love to golf, read, and spend time with my family and friends. Watching my niece and nephews grow up in such a safe and fun community as Pittsboro has only reiterated my belief that all kids should have the same opportunities as my family, no matter what circumstances they are born into or where they are raised.
From the perspective I have gained through my life experiences, I have realized that I want to be an agent of change in my community and of service to all Hoosiers. I hope you allow me this opportunity come November, and I look forward to getting to know all of you as the year moves along!
Harlan Vondersaar II