I made the decision to run for state house representative in 2018 because I wanted to be a part of building a better Indiana-and received 42% of the vote in our district where there hadn’t been a Democrat on the ballot for over a decade.
I grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and graduated from Duke University, where I majored in public policy. After graduation, I met my husband Marty while working for Guest Quarters Hotels. After we married, we moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where I enrolled in Lehigh University’s M.B.A. program. After receiving my graduate degree we moved to Chicago, and then to Cleveland, where our children Bridget Ann and Bryant were born. Subsequent job moves led us to Philadelphia, Charlotte and finally, in 2008, to Carmel where we’ve lived ever since. Today, Marty and I have been married for over 31 years, our daughter has graduated from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and lives in Louisville, and our son is a graduate of Purdue University who resides in Pennsylvania.
Based on testimony in the US Senate Intelligence Committee Report on interference in the 2016 US Election, we know Russia successfully infiltrated databases of tens of thousands of Hoosier voters.
In 2019 the Indiana legislature approved five times more funding for private and charter schools than our public schools, keeping Indiana’s teachers the lowest paid in the midwest - compared to Michigan #1, Ohio #3, Kentucky #7.
She is fair, honest and passionate about helping Indiana move forward. But it's her tenacity, and proven ability to bring people together that make her uniquely qualified to represent District 24."
- Constance Morella, former Maryland U.S. House Representative 1987 to 2003.
To all who have “signed up” to endorse me – thank you for your support. I am humbled and honored that you have joined me for this journey. I can’t do this without you.
"Sometimes you meet someone with so much passion and integrity, that you realize how important and rare those people truly are. Naomi Bechtold encompasses these characteristics by her skill to lead by example and express her opinions with candor and empathy. Her ability to mobilize leaders across Indiana as a Purdue Extension Educator makes her uniquely qualified to understand and respond to her community's needs in District 24."
Promise Indiana Assistant Director