Political Notebook


2nd Republican files for state treasurer

The Indiana Republican Party’s state convention will have at least one contested race in June.

Kelly Mitchell filed paperwork Monday with the party headquarters in Indianapolis to seek the GOP nomination for state treasurer.

Mitchell, who works for State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, is the second candidate to file her candidacy for the June 6 and 7 convention in Fort Wayne. Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold filed to run in late January.

Mourdock, a Republican, is in the last year of his second term and is term-limited.

Mitchell has been director of TrustINdiana, the state’s local-government investment pool, for the last six years. The Indianapolis resident previously was a two-term commissioner for Cass County and a seven-year member of the Logansport-Cass County Economic Development Commission.

The nominees for Indiana secretary of state and auditor also will be chosen at this year’s Republican and Democratic conventions. Both offices are held by Republicans who were appointed to vacated positions -- Secretary of State Connie Lawson of Danville, appointed by then Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2012, and Auditor Suzanne Crouch of Evansville, appointed in December by Gov. Mike Pence.

The candidate filing deadline for the conventions is May 23.

Contested races typically spur more interest in political conventions from the news media and convention delegates.

“Delegates want to come to engage in politics, and part of the political process is quality candidates running for office. It adds to the excitement,” Allen County Republican Party Chairman Steve Shine said Monday in a telephone interview.

He said the convention will rent 40 of the MicroVote electronic voting machines that Allen County uses for its elections. About 2,000 delegates will attend the convention at Grand Wayne Center.

It will be the first GOP state convention conducted outside Indianapolis.

“The convention will be out of the ordinary of the Republican mold,” Shine said. “It will be a family entertainment event in addition to being a gathering where Republicans statewide will take care of Republican business.”

He said local musical groups will perform for delegates the evening of June 6 at Parkview Field, where local restaurants will provide food. After the convention concludes June 7, delegates will be entertained by “a nationally known group” at Embassy Theatre, Shine said.

Shine did not provide details on the entertainer other than to say, “It’s not going to be an Elvis impersonator.”

He noted that the convention will occur during the city’s annual Germanfest, giving delegates more options for entertainment and dining.

The Indiana Democratic Party had its 2012 state convention at Grand Wayne Center. That convention coincided with the city’s yearly BBQ Ribfest.