Businessman to seek Indiana House seat

By Joseph Slacian

A Kosciusko County businessman has announced his plans to seek the Republican nomination for the Indiana House of Representatives District 18 seat in the May Primary Election.

The man, Alan Alderfer, is seeking the seat currently filled by David Wolkins.

Wolkins, who has served 14 terms in the Indiana House, doesn’t plan to seek re-election.

The district covers Wabash County as well as parts of Kosciusko, Miami and Grant counties.

Alderfer is a certified financial planner and is a partner with the firm Alderfer Bergen and Co., which began 20 years ago. He has been a financial planner for 26 years.

“I’ve always been involved in helping people through my work,” he told The Paper of Wabash County. “I’ve spent my whole career listening clients and listening to their issues, when I heard Dave wasn’t going to run I thought, with my involvement in the community, can I take this to another level? Can I make a difference in the community? That’s why I want to go do this.”

Indiana is a Triple A rated state, he said, something that is great for Hoosiers.

“That’s the best in the United States,” he continued, “And I think we’ve got to keep that going.”

Another issue is healthcare.

“Healthcare right now is such a big, big issue with everybody,” Alderfer said. “The cost of the premiums. The cost of the medicine. Your prescriptions are outrageously expensive. That’s one issue, I want to go down to the Statehouse and figure out how do we fix this? How do we make it better for people in the healthcare field, with the premiums, prescription drugs, all the healthcare costs?”

As for teacher pay, he said he doesn’t have a position on the matter right now.

“I want to listen to the teachers, and I want to listen to the administrators, and I want to figure out what’s going on there,” Alderfer said. “My big thing is I want to go and find out from the administrators and teachers what they’re saying and how they feel about it.

“I’ve got clients that are administrators. I’ve got clients that are teachers. I know how they feel. I want to talk to more of those teachers and find out what I need to find out from them and go and handle that.”

In addition to being a partner in his business, Alderfer also hosts a weekly radio show, “Smart Money Management,” on 107.3 WRSW-FM, Willie 103.5 FM and News Now Warsaw 1480 AM/99.7 FM. He also is a weekly columnist in the business section of the Times Union.

He also is involved in several community activities, including co-founding the Kosciusko County Riley Kids Fund, which helps local families travel back and forth to Riley Hospital for Children, which has raised more than $800,000 in less than a decade.

He was named Man of the Year by the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce in 2013.

Currently, his board memberships include the Salvation Army, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Merit Board, Kosciusko County Public Defender Board, Winona Lake Redevelopment Commission, Catholic Community Foundation of NW Indiana and the Kosciusko Community Hospital Board of Trustees.

Alderfer also is a member of the Warsaw Rotary Club, Kosciusko County Shrine Club and the Knights of Columbus.

A 1986 Warsaw Community High School graduate, Alderfer is a 1991 graduate of Ball State University with a degree in economics. He studied at the American College to attain his certified financial planner designation. He has continued his education by attending executive courses at Northwestern/Kellogg, Duke Fuqua School of Business, The Wharton School of Business and the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business.

Alderfer and his wife, Kristine, have been married for 25 years. They are the parents of twin, 13-year-old daughters, Caroline and Katherine. Katherine has been fighting a rare, chronic disease called Juvenile Dermatomyositis since she was 4 years old. She currently represents the Riley Children’s Foundation as a Riley Champion.

He also is a member of Sacred Heath Catholic Church.

“I believe in hard work, strong families and spiritual values,” he said. “I am committed to making improvements in healthcare, education, small businesses.”

Posted on 2020 Jan 07