Rep. Bartels files to run for House seat

From Local Sources


ECKERTY — State Rep. Stephen Bartels, R-Eckerty, has filed as a candidate for election to House District 74 in the Indiana House of Representatives.

Bartels was elected in a caucus to fulfill the remainder of Lloyd Arnold’s term, and was sworn into office in December. House District 74 encompasses all of Perry and Crawford counties, and parts of Spencer, Dubois and Orange counties.

“I am honored and humbled to serve the people of District 74 in the House of Representatives, and I look forward to speaking and meeting with them in the months ahead as we work in the Indiana General Assembly to take Indiana to the next level,” Bartels said. “As I work throughout this Legislative session, and campaign for election in 2018, I will continue to focus on the issues that matter to southern Indiana.”

Bartels, a 22-year veteran, retiring as a Major, is also a former police officer. He has extensive local government experience, having served seven years on the Crawford County Council — three as council president. He also served as director of the Crawford County Chamber of Commerce, and president of the Crawford County Tourism Bureau. A small business owner, Bartels owns Patoka Lake Marina and is the owner of Patoka Lake Winery.

“As a veteran and former law enforcement officer, my entire life has been built around service to my community and country,” Bartels said. “I will continue to fight for my constituents at the Statehouse, and look forward to what we will achieve together.”

Bartels serves on the House Committees on Family, Children & Human Affairs; Natural Resources; and Veterans Affairs & Public Safety. He is a graduate of Vincennes University and Indiana State University, and resides in Eckerty.

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