Statement issued Tuesday by Lonnie D. Powell:
Lonnie D. Powell, a lifelong Indiana resident, announced his bid for the seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Mark Souder of Indiana's 3rd House District.
Powell, a Republican, has been active in local politics for more than 20 years – but it is his commitment to building healthy communities and his expertise in business management that are driving him to enter this key political race.
"It's not at all hard to see that many people are struggling and that our nation's out-of-control spending not only isn't making life better now, it's seriously damaging our future," Powell said. "The people of Indiana's 3rd House District deserve a leader who knows how to empower business growth, promote healthy communities and loudly and consistently demand that government lives within its means."
Powell's professional experience uniquely qualifies him for the 3rd House District seat. He currently serves as a volunteer director of a recovery ministry sponsored by The Chapel, one of Ft. Wayne's largest churches. Powell is active in citywide meetings where hundreds of people each month recover from substance abuse and an array of other personal problems with help from Christian counseling and support.
Powell, a former commercial pilot, also works as a flight instructor. He recently renewed his aviation license after working for two decades as an executive in the telecommunications industry. During his telecomm tenure, Powell built his own company, Icebow, Inc., a consulting firm that grew its annual revenue to nearly $700,000 in only one year. He was also a highly awarded sales executive who landed multimillion-dollar deals and generated millions in revenue. Powell's former employers include Verizon Inc., Nortel Networks and Avaya.
"But, like a lot of people, I was laid off and had to reinvent myself quickly," Powell said. "Fortunately, I was able to fall back on my flight training and continue to find work. So many people in our district haven't had those kinds of immediate options. I am determined to help change that."
Powell knows well how to work within the political process to make the kind of change that really matters to residents of Indiana's 3rd House District. He is known in local Republican circles and served in 1989 special election as campaign manager for Dan Heath, a veteran Allen County Superior Court Judge.
Powell is veteran of the U.S. Navy. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Huntington College, a master's degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and is currently working on a master's degree in ministry from Bethel College.