"I've spent thirty years helping people solve their problems. My strong suit is that if I don't know the answer, I know where to find the answer. I want to be the commissioner for the people in our county who don't know or have someone to call to solve their problem. I want to be that commissioner that helps those people."
-- Jeff Hatfield Candidate for Vanderburgh County Commissioner, District 2.
As a Commissioner
Jeff follows his heart and his head when it comes to politics.
The core values that he so admired in his historical political heroes of yesteryear fueled his desire to find a place in public service in which he could do the most good for his neighbors throughout Vanderburgh County. He decided it was time to run for county commissioner.
Jeff’s intent as commissioner is to build a firm foundation for both safe neighborhoods and economic growth in Vanderburgh County. His focus will be on maintaining and improving the infrastructure, making Vanderburgh County more attractive to future economic growth. He wants to grow jobs locally and make sure that those jobs provide a good living wage and opportunities for advancement.
Jeff supports the new jail expansion, but also believes it is equally important to invest our efforts in treating the underlying causes of crime—mental health and drug addiction. Through this dual approach, Jeff intends to advocate for much needed resources for our struggling population while keeping our neighborhoods secure.
Jeff’s main reason for running is perhaps a selfish one; he wants his children and grandchildren to make their homes in a safe and economically prosperous Vanderburgh County.
Together my wife, Jerri, and I built our business from the ground up. After three decades in business and several economic downturns, I know firsthand the impact on our businesses and families when politics get in the way of commonsense solutions. As your county commissioner, I will be laser-focused on economic development that improves our quality of life and bringing businesses to Vanderburgh County that value their employees.
It is imperative that public safety remain a priority. I will work with Sheriff Dave Wedding to ensure our streets are safe, our schools are protected, and our law enforcement officers have the resources they need to fight the growing drug epidemic. In order to keep us safe, we must expand our jail and provide needed resources for drug and mental health treatment services.
Too many of our roads have been neglected for too long. We must invest in our transportation infrastructure if we expect to be safe on the road, keep our cost of living down, and attract new business. Poor infrastructure results in safety hazards, costly vehicle repairs, and lost opportunity for our businesses. The State of Indiana recently passed a transportation bill that will provide us with more resources to fix our crumbling roads, we must take a business approach to spending these tax dollars efficiently.