Tara Nelson

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Tara Nelson
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Indiana, District 4
High schoolHarrison High School (2000)
OtherProfessional Careers Institute
Place of birthLafayette, Indiana
ProfessionProject Manager Professional
Campaign website
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Tara Nelson was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Indiana. She won the Democratic nomination and faced Republican incumbent Todd Rokita in the general election.[1]

Nelson lost to Republican incumbent Todd Rokita on November 6, 2012.[2]


Nelson was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana.[3]


  • Tippecanoe County Schools:
    • Hershey Elementary
    • East Tipp Middle School
    • Harrison High School (2000)
  • Professional Careers Institute (now Kaplan College)


  • Technical Writer consultant at Eli Lilly Tippecanoe Laboratories (now Evonik)[3]
  • Great Lakes Chemical Corporation (now Chemtura)[3]
  • Global Supply Chain Purchasing[3]
  • Consultant at Bucher and Christian IT Consulting (now BCforward)[3]
    • Center of Excellence Change Management Analyst[3]
    • 2008:Test Lead[3]
    • 2010:Project Manager[3]
    • 2011:Project Manager Professional, Certified by Project Management Institute[3]



See also: Indiana's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Nelson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Indiana's 4th District. Nelson defeated Lester Terry Moore in the May 8 Democratic primary and was defeated by Republican incumbent Todd Rokita in the November 6 general election.[1]

General election

U.S. House, Indiana District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Rokita Incumbent 62% 168,688
     Democratic Tara Nelson 34.2% 93,015
     Libertarian Benjamin J. Gehlhausen 3.9% 10,565
Total Votes 272,268
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"

Primary Election

U.S. House, Indiana, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTara Nelson 58.3% 7,018
Lester Terry Moore 41.7% 5,010
Total Votes 12,028

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Nelson's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Nelson lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Nelson's campaign committee raised a total of $21,579 and spent $21,576.[4]


Nelson has one daughter, Alexandria.[3]

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