By DAVE KITCHELL

Pharos-Tribune staff writer

Kathryn Densborn lost a race last month and won a new job this month.

Gov. Mitch Daniels has announced Densborn, a Logansport native, will replace Esther Schneider as executive director of the Hoosier Lottery. She begins her new duties next week. Schneider will leave her post next month.

Densborn and her husband, Don, are both graduates of Logansport High School and Indiana University. They are the parents of two grown children.

Densborn ran as the Republican candidate for the District 86 seat in the Indiana House. She lost to incumbent Democrat David Orentlicher.

Densborn has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and was formerly in charge of communications and development for her church, St. Luke’s Catholic Church, where she was responsible for fundraising. Densborn’s most recent professional experience was as public information officer and legislative liaison for the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance. That department also is headed by a Logansport native, Melissa Henson.

In addition to her professional experience, Densborn has been an avid volunteer, holding leadership positions in the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association, the 500 Festival, the Junior League of Indianapolis and the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.

In a news release, Daniels praised Schneider’s efforts.

“She made needed changes to restore confidence to state lottery operations, and she just finished leading the lottery to a record financial return,” he said. “We’re grateful for her service.”

He said Desnborn was up to the challenge of taking her place.

“We welcome Kathryn back to public service,” he said. “The lottery is a unique entity, and Kathryn has the right mix of skills to lead it.”

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