As County Superintendent of Schools I would work to ensure:
Jonathan Weinzapfel has more than three decades of experience looking out for Hoosiers.
His work as a public servant began in 1990 as a Legislative Aide in the Office of Congressman Frank McCloskey, serving Indiana’s 8th Congressional District, a district in which he eventually became the Democratic Nominee to succeed McCloskey. Jonathan first held elected office as a State Representative in the Indiana General Assembly, where he served as Chairman of both the House Environmental Affairs Committee and House Courts and Criminal Code Committee.
Jonathan served as the Mayor of Evansville for two successful terms from 2004 to 2011. Under Jonathan’s leadership, Evansville was named the Community of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, chosen as the best mid-sized metro area in the nation for relocating families and voted the #1 city in the country in which to live, work and play. During his tenure, Jonathan created more than 2,000 well-paying jobs in Evansville by promoting regional economic development efforts, revitalized Evansville neighborhoods by developing new housing and assisting small businesses, and rejuvenated its downtown with the construction of the Ford Center, the Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville, a loft program for new housing and much more. What’s more, Jonathan did all of this with a balanced budget every year he was in office.
Most recently, Jonathan served as Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College, where he led several successful initiatives aimed at providing affordable, quality educational programs to Hoosiers in southwestern Indiana and preparing them for good-paying jobs. One of these initiatives was the Achieve Your Degree program, which began on the Evansville campus, and now has spread to nearly all of the 19 campuses throughout the state. The program partners with employers to provide a free community college education to their employees and remove the upfront costs to encourage them to continue their education. Jonathan also spearheaded the College Connection Coach and Pathways Plus Initiatives, two initiatives aimed at providing career and academic counseling to Indiana high school students and assisting them with earning a college credential before they graduate from high school.
Jonathan also has extensive private sector experience as an attorney, journalist and professor, including his roles with a Fortune 200 company and one of the top 100 banking companies in the United States. Jonathan recently accepted a position as Partner with Jones Wallace LLC, an Evansville legal firm serving mid-size tri-state businesses.
Jonathan and his wife Patricia reside in Evansville with their three children Nathaniel, Benjamin and Eleanor.