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Republicans To Pick Treasurer Nominee, Marriage Language At Convention

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June 6, 2014 — TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – With at least 2,000 people expected to attend, the Indiana Republican Convention is going to have “a new view and energy,” said state Chairman Tim Berry.

The convention will be outside of Indianapolis this year and Berry said that Fort Wayne is “rolling out the welcome mat” for the more than 1,650 delegates from across the state as well as the candidates seeking the party’s nomination for treasurer, auditor and secretary of state.

The convention’s general session will take place at 10 a.m. at the Grand Wayne Center in downtown Fort Wayne.

Three candidates are running for treasurer: Wayne Seybold, the mayor of Marion, who is a former Olympian and has served as mayor for three consecutive terms; Don Bates who has been a financial advisor for his community for 19 years and sought the party’s U.S. Senate nomination four years ago, and Kelly Mitchell, who is from Logansport and is working in the treasurer office as the director of TrustINdiana.

“All three are running an aggressive campaign,” Berry said. And as far as a winner, he is confident that it will be someone the Republican Party can stand behind.

Mitchell said she started her campaign about 10 months ago and that this convention race “is unlike any other.”

Bates said he prepared for the race with direct delegate contact and lots of talk of experience. Bates said that Obama’s presidency changed his focus and believes his experience can help Hoosier taxpayers.

Wayne Seybold did not return phone calls seeking a comment for the story.

Republicans will also nominate current Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who was appointed to the post by former Gov. Mitch Daniels, to be the party’s nominee for the position. Lawson replaced the GOP’s last nominee, Charlie White, who resigned the office after he was convicted of voter fraud.

They plan to nominate state Auditor Suzanne Crouch, whom Pence appointed to the position last year after Berry resigned as auditor.

Republicans will also talk about putting a traditional marriage provision into the party’s platform.

The proposed language – which must be passed by delegates – says that Republicans “believe that strong families, based on marriage between a man and a woman, are the foundation of society. We also recognize that some families are much more diverse and we support the blended families, grandparents, guardians and loving adults who successfully raise and nurture children to reach their full potential every day.”

Berry said that 400 Republicans have contributed to the marriage language.

Just a week ago at a similar gathering of Democrats, party officials criticized Republicans for pushing a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

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