Mara Candelaria Reardon

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Mara Candelaria Reardon
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 12
In office
2006 - present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 8
Base salary$22,660.46/year
Per diem$152/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sIndiana University Northwest
ProfessionExecutive Director, Lake County Drug-Free Alliance
Office website
Mara Candelaria Reardon is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 12. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Reardon served on the following committees:

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development
Government and Regulatory Reform
Ways and Means


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Reardon served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Reardon served on these committees:


Legislative walkout

Reardon and 36 other Democratic representatives participated in a legislative walkout on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 in opposition to proposed legislation limiting union powers in Indiana. The Democratic departure left the House void of a quorum, leaving only 58 of the 67 Representatives needed to establish a quorum.[1] Terri Austin, Steven Stemler, and Vanessa Summers stayed behind to provide, if necessary, a motion and a seconding motion, which would enable them to stop any official business from proceeding should the Republicans try to do so.[1]

On March 7, House minority leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois.[2] According to the Indiana Constitution, Article 4, sections 11 and 14, the House may enforce fines and other methods to compel absent members to return. Beginning on March 7, the Democrats were subject to a fine of $250, to be withheld from future expense or salary payments, for each day they were not present in the statehouse.[3] Regarding their actual pay, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced that the 37 lawmakers were required to be physically present in the chambers to receive their per diem payment of $152/day.[2] This move came as a result of the approximated $40,000 in per diem payments automatically made to the legislators during their first seven days of absence. According to reports, the representatives promised to either return the money, or donate it to charity.[2]

March 22 marked the start of the fourth consecutive week of Democratic absenteeism, complete with an increased incentive to return. Governor Daniels and House Republicans upped the ante with daily fines increasing from $250/day to $350/day, effective Monday, March 21. Despite the increased penalties, Democratic resolve remained intact. House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer stated that Democrats "will remain steadfast" in their opposition to bills hurting wages and education in Indiana.[4] Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.[5]

The Democrats ended the standoff after 36 days, returning on March 28. The two sides agreed to compromise on a number of issues, including shelving the controversial "right-to-work" bill.[3] Although the Democrats returned with some of their wishes granted, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3500 in fines given by Republicans.[3]

The Legislature ended up passing "right-to-work" legislation on February 1, 2012, becoming the 23rd state to do so. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) immediately signed it into law.[6]



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Reardon won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 12. Reardon ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and defeated William Fine (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. [7][8]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMara Candelaria Reardon Incumbent 53.8% 14,584
     Republican William Fine 46.2% 12,502
Total Votes 27,086


See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Reardon defeated Republican candidate Peter Karagan by a margin of 7,259 to 5,926 in the November 2 general election. [9]

In the May 4 primary election, Reardon ran unopposed and received 3,438 votes. [10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 12 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mara Candelaria Reardon (D) 7,259
Peter Karagan (R) 5,926


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Mara Candelaria Reardon won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 12 receiving 13,744 votes, ahead of Republican George T. Janiec who received 7,364 votes.[11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 12 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mara Candelaria Reardon (D) 13,744
George T. Janiec (R) 7,364


On November 7, 2006, Mara Candelaria Reardon won election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 12.[12]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 12 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mara Candelaria Reardon (D) 7,062
George T. Janiec (R) 4,411

Campaign donors


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In 2010, Reardon collected $51,161 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[13]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mara Candelaria Reardon's campaign in 2010
Mclane Co$3,500
Civcon Services Inc$2,500
Kopka Pinkus Dolan Eads$1,500
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association$1,500
Total Raised in 2010 $51,161


In 2008, Reardon collected $51,285 in donations.[14]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Visclosky for Congree Committee $3,500
Committee to Elect Thomas M. McDermott Jr. $2,800
Kelly Consulting Inc. $2,000
Calumet Pac $2,000
AT&T $1,500
Committee to Elect Carolene Mays $1,300
US Steel Corp $1,000
Indiana Association of Realtors $1,000
Indiana Beverage Alliance $1,000


In 2006, Reardon collected $16,223 in donations.[15]

Listed below are the top 5 contributors to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Isabelino Candelaria $5,000
Matthew Reardon $2,000
Cmte for John Aguilera State Representative $1,000
Victoria Brant $600
Indiana State Medical Association $500


Reardon currently serves as Executive Director of the Lake County Drug-Free Alliance. She has been a Campaign Coordinator for Indiana Senate District 1, and a Federal Projects Coordinator for United States Representative Peter Visclosky.[16]

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