About Adam Aasen

Adam has always been interested in the inner workings of government. After graduating Indiana University-Bloomington — where he was editor in chief of the Indiana Daily Student — Adam moved to Jacksonville, Florida where he was an investigative journalist for the daily newspaper. He loved serving the public by holding elected officials accountable, but he began to miss the Hoosier State.

After several years, he returned home in 2010 and opened Donatello’s Italian Restaurant in the Carmel Arts & Design District. As a small business owner, Adam understands how to balance a budget and spend money on projects with the best return on investment. Adam developed a real connection with the community through interacting with customers and city leaders.

Adam also began writing for Current in Carmel. Working two jobs, Adam covered City Hall, attending city council meetings and interviewing multiple elected officials including Mayor Brainard on a regular basis. Through these experiences, Adam gained valuable insight on Carmel and its local government. He knows the issues, he talks to affected residents and he participates in the meetings.

Eventually, Adam developed a desire to not just report on what’s going on in Carmel, but to play a role in what makes the city so great. He was accepted into the Hamilton County Leadership Academy. He joined service organizations such as Carmel Rotary Club, eventually becoming a board member. He organized fundraisers for local nonprofts such as the Humane Society of Hamilton County and Chaucie’s Place, raising thousands for those in need. He was on the sponsorship committee for CarmelFest and he helped sell SparkButtons in order to pay for the city’s fireworks display. He’s a committee member for HAND Inc., a nonprofit that promotes and provides affordable housing in the county. He recently joined the board for the Carmel Education Foundation, which raises money for Carmel Clay Schools, and the board for Janus Development Services, a countywide nonprofit that helps those with disabilities. Adam is also involved with the Young Republicans of Hamilton County.

When Adam isn’t working, he enjoys watching movies. He hosts a weekly movie podcast called “Hamilton County Goes to the Movies” and he’s on a committee for the Heartland Film Festival.

Adam’s wife Nicole is a CPA. They have two cats and two dogs and are expecting their first child in December.

Nicole is a lifelong Carmel resident and her mother is a retired Carmel High School teacher and her father is a retired firefighter. Adam’s parents are co-owners of Donatello’s with him.

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