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GOP state convention has first candidate

Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold is the first person to file as a statewide candidate at this year’s Republican state convention in Fort Wayne.

GOP officials in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne confirmed Wednesday that Seybold has filed to run for state treasurer at the nominating convention, scheduled for June 6 and 7 at Grand Wayne Center.

Second-term Treasurer Richard Mourdock, a Republican, is term-limited and cannot seek re-election.

Convention delegates also will nominate Republican candidates for secretary of state and auditor. Both jobs are filled by Republicans who are expected to seek re-election -- Secretary of State Connie Lawson of Danville and Auditor Suzanne Crouch of Evansville.

Seybold, 50, has been Marion’s mayor since 2004. He sought the GOP nomination for Congress in Indiana’s 5th District in 2012, finishing fourth in an eight-candidate field.

Seybold was a pairs skater with his sister at the 1988 Winter Olympics, finishing 10th at the Calgary Games. He later worked in production and marketing of ice-skating performances and activities.

The Democratic Party’s state nominating convention will be May 31 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. A staff member in Indianapolis said no candidates have filed to seek nomination to the three statewide positions that will be selected by voters on Nov. 4.

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