2022 Indiana General Election: Meet the candidates for Brownsburg School Board

Five members serve on the Brownsburg School Board. Three of them represent Lincoln Township, one represents Brown Township and one is an At Large seat. One Lincoln Township and the At large seat will be on the ballot this fall.

At Large

One position is available.

Douglas Davies

Douglas Davies is an office project manager at LeafFilter Gutter Protection. Before this job, he worked as a limo driver, a corporate sales manager for Future Payment Technologies and a regional sales manager for Axiom Merchant Services, according to his LinkedIn page. Davies is an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. This candidate wants to run because he wants to facilitate greater transparency in the school district, pursue ways to increase school funding without referendums, work to give teachers a competitive salary and retain educators. Davies has three kids, two of whom are current BCSC students and one who is too young.

Learn more about Davies at https://douglasdavies4schoolboard.com/.

Jessica Heffernan

Jessica Heffernan is the current At Large member and secretary on the Brownsburg Community School Corporation school board. If this candidate is re-elected it will be her third term on the board. Heffernan has worked in human resources for more than 20 years, working for companies such as telecommunications company AOTMP and Echo Engineering and Production Supplies, Inc. Her current position is chief of staff for Round Room/ TCC/Culture of Good/Wireless Zone/Redux. Heffernan's goals as a board member are to create a safe environment where staff and administrators feel supported, to attract and retain teachers and staff and to continue building community and family engagement. Heffernan has three boys currently in the BCSC. Heffernan is endorsed by the Brownsburg Classroom Teachers Association.

Learn more about Heffernan at https://www.facebook.com/reelectjessicaheffernan/.

David Tinkey

David Tinkey is a retired finance professional and accountant. He worked for JP Morgan Chase for 31 years, serving as financial analysis manager for the majority of his time, according to his LinkedIn page. Tinkey volunteered for four years at the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter, serving on the board as treasurer and chairman, and joined the Board of Community Fellowship Ministries, serving as treasurer for five years. He has been on three different boards for his alma mater Huntington University, including the alumni board, the president’s advisory council and the board of trustees. He also was a member of the board of directors for Traders Point Christian Schools for nine years, ending in July 2021. He also served three years on the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission and Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission. Tinkey has also coached teams for the Brownsburg Little League baseball and youth basketball league. His platform includes eliminating “the underlying philosophies that belong with the parents but is buried in the curriculum, including focuses on sexual, racial, and political issues,” according to his website. Tinkey’s two sons attended private Christian schools. Tinkey is endorsed by the Indiana Family Action PAC; former Huntington University President G. Blair Dowden; Ron Evans, President and CEO of Josiah White’s; and Lars E. Rascoe III, founder and CEO of the Boys II Men, the organization that pairs boys with male role models.

Learn more about Tinkey at https://www.tinkey4brownsburgschools.com/.

Lincoln Township

One position is available.

Tiffany Dearman

Tiffany Dearman is a current school board member. She was first elected in 2018. Dearman has more than 25 years of experience as a realtor. She owns and is a managing broker at Real Results Real Estate Sales. She is also the founder and CEO of X factor Agents, an online sales coaching platform for real estate agents, according to her LinkedIn page. Dearman’s platform initiatives include implementing parent-teacher review committees for each grade level, providing more time for public comment regarding policies before the board makes a decision and expanding tech and trade programs. On her campaign website, Dearman said she did not knowingly support any equity initiatives during her last term, she supports education vouchers, she was against mandatory masking and supports teacher and administrative pay increases, though she abstained from a vote for salary increases in 2021 because she was not present for the vote due to a family emergency. Dearman has six kids, four of whom graduated from Brownsburg High School.

Learn more about Dearnman at https://tifforbrownsburg.com/.

Kathryn 'Katie' Dixon

Katie Dixon is a Disney planning specialist for Hi Ho Vacations, according to her LinkedIn page. She previously was a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Decatur Middle School. She has a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education and a masters of education. She has also volunteered for local organizations such as College Mentors for Kids as an event planner and the Reagan Elementary School Parent Support Group. Some of the main points of her campaign are encouraging community involvement in school board matters, maintaining a safe learning environment and supporting teachers through competitive compensation. Dixon is endorsed by the Brownsburg Classroom Teachers Association.

Learn more about Dixon at https://www.facebook.com/KatieDixonforSchoolBoard/.

Joseph Mgboh

Joseph Mgboh is a manager at Kroger, where he has worked since 1998. Before this position, he worked as a stockbroker for Icon Stockbrokers Limited in Nigeria. He has a master’s of public administration, a management of information systems degree and a human resource management degree. Mgboh doesn’t have a campaign website, but he did write a short biography on the Hendricks County website. He said he will focus on closing communication gaps in the school district and will use a diplomatic approach to the position. Mgboh has two nephews who are BCSC students.

What to know about voting

Early in-person voting has already begun in Indiana and will end on Nov. 7 at noon. Contact your County Clerk’s office to find locations and hours for early voting and for in-person voting on Nov. 8.

Voters can also vote absentee but need to request a ballot no later than Oct. 27, or 12 days before the general election on Nov. 8.

To request an absentee ballot, you must meet the requirements, which can be found online at in.gov/sos/elections/voter-information/ways-to-vote. You can request online or by mailing or hand-delivering the application to your county election board or the Indiana Election Division. You also can email the application to elections@iec.in.gov.

Once received, you should mail the ballot back to your local county election office. Ballots must be received by election officials by 6 p.m. on Election Day, or it will not be processed.

This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Indiana election 2022: Meet the Brownsburg School Board candidates