Kleeman, Bartels look to win state rep seat


Two men — Republican Stephen Bartels and Democrat Larry Kleeman — are seeking the District 74 Indiana representative seat.


District 74 includes Cass, Ferdinand, Jackson, Jefferson and Patoka townships in Dubois County as well as portions of Spencer and Orange counties and all of Perry and Crawford counties.

Both men will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot for voters in the district to determine which one will hold the two-year seat come January.

Kleeman, 71, has held the title of executive director/CEO of the Lincoln Hills Development Corporation for 35 years until his retirement in 2015. The Tell City man, who works part time at Holiday World, said that his overall work, military experience (he is a veteran of the Indiana Army National Guard), education (he has a degree in business administration and economics from Indiana State University) and community service are his main qualifications for the position.

“I have served on numerous boards and organizations including the Tell City-Troy Township School Board for 11 years, with multiple terms as president,” he said. He is also a founding member of the Perry County Habitat for Humanity and recipient of Indiana’s Sagamore of the Wabash award.

“I have experience working with local, state and federal public officials and with children, adults and seniors regardless of political affiliation,” Kleeman said.

He wants to continue serving the community.

“While Indiana appears to be doing well in many areas, we are failing in a number of areas important to our future, the future of our grandchildren,” he said. “A recent CNBC Business Report Indiana ranked 35th in education, 40th in workforce, 46th in quality of life and the state received an “F” in general well-being of our people. We can and must do better.”

If elected state representative, Kleeman said he would work on initiatives to provide better assistance and training opportunities for workers to transition into new careers, to increase wages, to recruit and retain teachers and initiatives to make education from kindergarten through college more affordable.

“I will do what’s right for working families, children and senior citizens,” Kleeman said. “That includes reforming the troubled Department of Child Services to better protect our children, improving infrastructure throughout southern Indiana and making sure everyone has access to affordable health care options.”

Kleeman and his wife, Sharon, have five adult children, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Additional information about Kleeman can be found at www.votelarrykleeman.com.

Bartels, 50, is currently serving as state representative, completing former representative Lloyd Arnold’s term. Prior to that, he spent seven years on the Crawford County Council, three of those years as president.

The Eckerty resident has a been a police officer and businessman, has a pilot’s license and has a degree in business administration and occupational health and safety from Indiana State University.

“My combination of skills and professional experience allow me to represent the diverse group of citizens of our district,” he said. “As a public servant, I am able to bring people together to solve problems with civility. My previous time as a police officer, National Guard major, county council president, and as a successful businessman, I have worked with people regardless of political affiliation, successfully. Government works better together, when the interests of the people are ahead of political parties.”

Bartels believes that overall quality of life and public safety are important priorities in the district. “We must find ways to improve services with the resources we have,” he said. “We need the state to contribute further toward our improvements.”

With that, he wants to present legislation to have the state compensate local governments for services provided to state-owned property, and help improve compensation for volunteer firefighters and reserve police officers.

“Numerous other efforts to increase commerce in our district are ongoing. Business growth will bring more and better jobs,” he said. “I will provide positive solutions to these and other issues facing our district.”

Bartels said his experience, education and leadership makes him qualified to continue serving as a state representative.

“I have a proven track record of working with both Republicans and Democrats to serve the best interests of the people,” he said. “Too many politicians argue pointlessly and accomplish too little. I have and will work with those on both sides of the aisle to benefit our district and our state.”

Bartels has two adult sons and a grandson. More information about his campaign can be found at www.sbartels.com.


Other local races include:


U.S. Senate (Mike Braun / Lucy Brenton / Joe Donnelly)

District 8 U.S. Representative (Larry Bucshon / William Tanoos)

Indiana Senate 47 (Erin Houchin / Nick Siler)

Indiana House 63 (Joe Lannan / Shane Lindauer)

Indiana House 74 (Steve Bartels / Larry Kleeman)

Dubois County Sheriff (Tom Kleinhelter / Tim Lampert)

Dubois County Clerk (Amy Kippenbrock / Kiersten Knies)

Dubois County Recorder (Jackie McPherron / Gail Reutman)

Dubois County Assessor (Eve Drew / Angie Giesler)

Dubois County Council District 2 (Becky Beckman / Darren Patterson)

Dubois County Council District 3 (Charmain Klem / Deborah Major)

Cass Township Advisory Board (Lee Bilderback / Randy Boehm / Steve Eckert / Lisa Matthews)

Patoka Township Trustee (Don Astrike / Jeff Summers)

Madison Township Trustee (Scott Blazey / Brett Collignon)

Southwest Dubois School Board (Jason Heile / Belinda Lange)

Greater Jasper School Board (Jimmy Corbin / Ken Schnaus)

Spencer County Roundup


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