D. Liam Dorris
D. Liam Dorris is vocationally educated in the STEM field of metrology, a biomedical professional and a resident of Bloomington. He enjoys a hearty laugh and tries not to take himself too seriously. He encourages others to live life fully, reach for their dreams and to love and respect others.
He grew up as a Quartermaster in the Boy Scouts, a Sentinel in the FFA, and playing high school sports prior to enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps for Communication and Electronics. After exiting the armed forces, he worked as army subcontractor in the Middle East as a part of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program. When he returned home to Indiana, he lived briefly in Indianapolis and eventually settled in the Bloomington area in 2008 where he continues to work in the biomedical community.
Liam is motivated by community and friendship; he values championing for the betterment of people’s livelihoods. He has been described as bold, tenacious, and outspoken by his friends and colleagues, and as fierce, thoughtful, and fair by those who have been his arena opponents.
Liam spent ten years as a community leader involved in mentoring and coordinating young adults and veterans through “high speed, low drag” team based extreme sports. Liam’s hobbies include table-top gaming, video games, and moderating online forums. He is a fan of science fiction, professional wrestling, and gaming conventions. He frequently attends GenCon in Indianapolis.
He has a passion for science and politics. While he has his own perspective on the world, he is always available to listen to great ideas and conversations and welcomes healthy point and counterpoint. He considers debate and discussion as something that is mutually beneficial.
He lives in the Van Buren Township with two German Shepherds, Zoey Barklet and Zak Woofenstein, and Mikado the Cat.
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James C. O'Gabhann III
James O'Gabhann is a native of rural Indiana - he was born and grew up in Tipton County. He was raised on a farm and graduated from Tipton High School. He is a teacher with a Master of Science degree in Health Care Management. James is proud of all his students, from the fourth graders he now teaches to his former students at Notre Dame College (Euclid, Ohio) and Case Western University. He has a broad sector of experience in multiple industries around the state, region and country, including consulting at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and working as a field worker at Pioneer Seed Research Company in high school at Tipton.
His goal is to turn the NINTH Congressional District blue! The incumbent isn’t from Indiana and votes in lockstep with Mr. Trump and the far right. He does not represent Hoosier values. Our local communities - and the nation - depend on Democrats to capture this seat and fight for policies such as his Rural Green New Deal that will create family-supporting jobs.
James agrees with Elizabeth Warren that we need fundamental, structural change. He is a public school teacher who appreciates over-achievers like Senator Warren and will fight for public financing of elections, fair legislative district maps - because voters should choose their elected officials, not the other way around - and a Rural Green New Deal.
Every Democratic Presidential candidate had great ideas. For example, James agrees with Mayor Pete’s proposal to invest in the arts, Senator Sanders’ single-payer healthcare plan, Mr. Yang’s universal basic income plan, and Governor Inslee’s proposal on how to address climate change, invest in rural areas, and improve Native American relations.
James' Rural Green New Deal proposal will foster sustainable local economies by supporting carbon-neutral industries and robust health and education systems.
James' extensive experience in healthcare, education, and public and private enterprise will be an asset to constituents as he works to craft policy that puts working families first. Currently, he is a public school teacher in Los Angeles and sheltered--in--place, waiting and working hard for the voters to bring me back home to Indiana. James is the undisputed “social distance” candidate in this election, who is rich in imagination, ingenuity, and experience to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Brandon Wesley Hood
An Indiana native, Brandon is a proud Hoosier. He’s not a politician and has never seriously run for political office, unless you include 8th grade class Reporter. He has fond memories of watching the Hoosiers and the Pacers on TV with his dad as a kid. His childhood in Shelbyville inspired him to pursue a career in residential remodeling after moving to Bloomington at just 19 years old.
His education at Ivy Tech and in the school of Hard Knocks aided him on the path towards more than 15 years of home renovations in Indiana. He must plan and adapt to the unexpected while on the job, which will serve his constituents well while he is in Washington.
He kicks back to relax like any other American, enjoying a cold beer with close friends. He enjoys almost any kind of music. Some of his favorite moments with his friends are swapping songs, having good food and random jam sessions on drums.
Campaign Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brandon.w.hood
Andy Ruff is a lifelong Hoosier, father, and musician who is excited to potentially represent Indiana’s 9th District Democrats. Andy has supported the common people of Indiana for 20 years while serving on Bloomington’s City Council. His experience inspired him to run a progressive campaign to better serve everyone in southern Indiana.
Andy was born and raised in Southern Indiana. It is where he met his wife, Susan, and he raised his own two children, Hank and Anna Ruff. After graduating with a degree in natural resources from Cornell University in 1987, Andy began teaching in the public school system and taught college courses at the Bedford Branch of Oakland City College. He later completed his Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. He is now an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University.
Andy Ruff entered politics as a prominent voice of the opposition to the construction of I-69, the “NAFTA Highway.” He was elected at-large to the Bloomington City Council in 1999 and went on to serve in that role for twenty years. Andy’s most notable accomplishments on the City Council include sponsoring a resolution in support of universal healthcare and developing Indiana’s first Living Wage Ordinance, which effectively raised the minimum wage to $10.00 for many working people in Bloomington.
No biography of Andy would be complete without mentioning his love for fishing and country music. Fishing Indiana’s rivers and streams is one thing Andy Ruff can’t get enough of, and he loves to write and play country music as well. Andy is a musician and is the bandleader of a country music band called The Dew Daddies, featuring his son, Hank Ruff.
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