The Campaign Trail
Mark first began walking the campaign trail in Shapiro's Deli in Indianapolis, where he formally announced that he had filed to run for U.S. Senate for Indiana. You can read about it here.
Below you can find more pictures from his campaign.
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From the pork producers' breakfast to the cattlemen's ribeye steak sandwich, the Indiana State fair was fun. Here, Mark is speaking to governor Otis Bowen's D.C. Liaison, Judy Reynolds from Marshall County.
Dale Ward is the owner of the Whistle Stop restaurant in Monon.Dale showed us generous hospitality and gave us a great tour of his train museum which was nothing short of amazing.
Mark spoke at the Indiana Conservatives Conference, outlining his vision for conservative leadership in the Senate.
Jim and Judy Buck had a wonderful turnout at their garden party. Their hospitality is always very much appreciated. I am pictured with two of my hard headed friends: Frank and Peggy Faulkner. Indiana works. Under the tent, the picture is with Dr. and Mrs. Strus. The picture where I am speaking has Judy Buck on my right. She and Jim worked incredibly hard, and now deserve a rest.
Mark joined the Kokomo Early Risers Rotary Club to discuss mental health issues facing our community and state.
Matt Castaned joined us at Nine Irish Brothers in West Lafayette where we shot a YouTube video
Katie Nielsen is pictured with the owner Nine Irish Brothers, Jerry O'Bryan. Katie and my wife Nancy began their banking careers working on the "sweathog" team. The sweathogs analyzed the financial statements of small businesses in Indianapolis to determine their credit worthiness. Interestingly, some of these small businesses have grown into the great businesses in Indianapolis. This is just an example of why legislators need to do all they can to support small businesses.
Mark enjoyed the beautiful Lake County 4H fair at Crown Point. He is pictured here with the former head of the East Chicago Republican Party, Raymond Lopez, and Raymond's grandchildren.
Carl Waterman is the CEO of Bridges of Hope which is a substance abuse re-habilitation center. We had a very interesting conversation at the Putnam County 4-H Fair.
Dinner with the Governor
The Howard County Lincoln Day dinner provided a little family time. I was able to sit with Nancy and Ana and Jake. Nancy took the pictures. Jake and Ana went up to see Governor Holcomb. Ana said that the governor said that it was his honor to get his picture taken with them. She said he was really tall. We also want to thank Jennifer Lee and Nic Bewley for passing out all my materials at the dinner. Nic is not in the picture, because he had to leave early.
We walked 4 miles at the Elkhart 4H fair. There were lots of people – in fact, it is the second largest county 4H fair in the country. Thanks to you who joined us (especially Daniel, Kaitlyn, and Jennifer). And thanks to State Representative Curt and Mary Nisly Who treated Nancy, Daniel, and I to a haystack after the parade. The haystack is a specialty food at the Elkhart fair. Mary actually takes a break from nursing to help run the fair.
Above: My dad and I enjoyed visiting with the Owens' family before the parade in Alexandria began. Steffanie Owens is a commissioner in Madison County. It was a special time for my dad, because he was a barber in Alexandria before he began working at Delco. It was a bit of a trip down memory lane for dad and I.
Right: The Green Town Fair was extra special this year as time was taken to remember Deputy Koontz. I enjoyed spending time with John Zeck, Jim Papaceck, and Bryan Kirpatrick.
It was an honor to spend time with Rubie Taylor (left) and Angel Carson (right) at the Tipton County 4-H Fair.
It was a brainstorm with the millennials' night, and it went great. Taylor, Indiana Wesleyan, Purdue, Anderson, and Indiana state we're all represented. Andrew Ireland from IU, was patched in from Texas. Around the table from Mark's right are Claire Bokma, Tim Bennett, Caleb Sedam, Nick Bennett, Jennifer Lee, Keaton Jones, Nick Bewley, Adam McMickle, and Kaitlyn Ewing. Thanks to all of you for sharing your ideas, and agreeing to provide a lot of ground support to this campaign.
Thank you Kaitlyn Ewing, and Nancy and Daniel for joining me at the Frankfort parade. It was a lot of fun to pass out door hangers and candy to so many friendly people. One man even had a White Socks shirt on, and this made Nancy very happy.
Thank you daughter Ana and Jacob Phillips, and Kaitlyn Ewing, and Caleb Sedam for representing me at the Haynes Apperson parade.
Thank you Caleb Sedam and Bill Jeffries for representing me in Monticello.
While we rested and relaxed, others worked on my behalf. Thank you Caleb and Eli Sedam for representing me in Walton and Twelve Mile.
We enjoyed some rest and relation in Charlottesville, Virginia where Nancy was working for the CFA. On the way home, we checked out the new Trump International.
My dad, pictured in the hat above, asked me to accompany him to the Fairmount Legion to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The other two veteran friends are named Terome and Gordon Gough. I am also pictured with other celebrators.
When I went to the Clark County Lincoln Day dinner, I got to see the beautiful lights illuminate the walking bridge on the Ohio River in Jeffersonville.
At the dinner, I enjoyed spending time with Wilby Edwards. Wilby and I both have relatives in Edmonton Kentucky.
I also enjoyed the Clark County Republican Women'sGroup.
At the Blackford County Lincoln Day dinner, I enjoyed meeting Melissa Fear. Melissa hosted the book table.
I was privileged to attend a special Federalist Society conference in Washington DC. The conference was about stopping the unconstitutional growth of federal agencies. The picture that I took is of my friend the former congressman David McIntosh listening to President Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney.
Indy driver Ed Carpenter waves to the parade crowd. It was a great parade with lots of Back Home in Indiana music. Just fun to be a Hoosier.
At the Cass County Lincoln Day dinner, I was able to visit with Caleb Sedam. Caleb is a senior at Purdue majoring in biology. He has since become our newest volunteer.
Mark and Nancy had a little downtime with friends Curt and Darlene Welke after the Welkes' hosted a very fun fund raiser attended by many friends in the Kokomo area. Bill Jeffries was the guest speaker. Bill, graduate of and former instructor at West Point, former Special Forces, former head of nuclear operations in Europe, and former associate of General Schwarzkopf, gave a fascinatingbut sobering talk about what has happened to our military over the last eight years. We must do a better job of supporting our men and women in uniform..
Bill Jeffries, invaluable adviser, represented me at the Putnam County Lincoln Day Dinner in Green Castle. He is pictured here with Indianapolis radio talk show host Habul-Hakim Shabazz whose show I was honored to be on.
After speaking at the Martin County Lincoln Day Dinner, I visited with Sheriff Travis Roush and his wife Candice, school superintendent.
Also at the Martin County Lincoln Day Dinner, I met Kay Barber, secretary of the Republican Party and her husband who are both Crane retirees. To my left is City Council Woman Barbara McFeaters, and Carolyn McGuire, County Assessor Carolyn McGuire is also in the picture.
Mary Ellen Van Dyke is the Executive Director of the biggest Right to Life group in Indiana. She and her husband, Jim,were at the Lincoln Day Dinner in Evansville.
I also enjoyed visiting with Bashar and Natalie Hamami at the Evansville Lincoln Day dinner. Bashar and Natalie were originally from Syria.