State party convention delegates will choose candidates for statewide positions

Republican and Democratic nominees for Secretary of State, State Auditor, and State Treasurer are chosen by delegates at state party conventions.  - Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Republican and Democratic nominees for Secretary of State, State Auditor, and State Treasurer are chosen by delegates at state party conventions.

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Delegates to the Indiana Republican Party convention this weekend have two contested races to vote.

Candidates for the positions of Secretary of State, State Treasurer, and State Auditor will be formally chosen at the two major state party conventions.

Current state treasurer Kelly Mitchell has a limited term, leaving an open race to replace her. There are four Republicans vying to do so: Morgan County Republican Party Leader Daniel Elliott, former George W. Bush administration spokesman Pete Seat, Fort Wayne City Clerk Lana Keesling, and Boone County Council President Elise Nieshalla.

Secretary of State Holli Sullivan is technically the incumbent — but she was named to the position last year and has drawn three opponents to the GOP convention: former libertarian Paul Hager, former Mike Pence aide Diego Morales and Knox County Clerk David Shelton.



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This race has become something of a referendum on Governor Eric Holcomb and the so-called Republican “establishment” in Indiana. Those who strongly opposed Holcomb and particularly his decisions during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic sought to link Sullivan to the Republican governor.

Incumbent Republican State Auditor Tera Klutz is unopposed at the convention.

Democrats have no contested races. They have already identified their candidates who will be officially named at the convention. Destiny Wells is running for Secretary of State, ZeNai Brooks for Auditor and Jessica McClellan for Treasurer.


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