Mayor Wayne Seybold (R-Marion) is the first candidate to officially announce a run for the open Indiana State Treasurer position. With current Treasurer Richard Mourdock stepping down due to term limits, the race in 2014 is wide open.
Seybold is serving his third term as mayor and was a city councilman in Marion prior to 2003. He unsuccessfully ran for Congress in Indiana’s 5th District last year.
Seybold says he will use his experience in city government to connect the State Treasurer’s office to the local level.
Tippecanoe County’s election board counted 132 ballots that weren’t included in the November 6th results.
But, the combination of provisional and absentee ballots did not change any outcome.
Clerk Christa Coffey says the board rejected some of them based on several factors.
“The primary reason a provisional ballot would not have been counted is they weren't a registered voter, or they weren't a registered voter in Tippecanoe County, or there was an I-D issue that they had an out of state drivers license or some other issue," she said.
The transition from Governor Mitch Daniels to Governor-elect Mike Pence is underway as Pence has begun to assemble his transition team.
Daniels says his administration is eager to help make the transition a smooth one, allowing the new one to hit the ground running. Pence began the process by naming his long-time congressional chief of staff Bill Smith head of the transition team.
Pence praised the Daniels team and says his transition will be committed to continuity.
After months of assumption that he’d win the race easily, it came as little surprise Tuesday when Republican Congressman Mike Pence was elected the 50th governor in state history.
Though the race appeared to narrow in recent weeks, Pence’s lead was too much to overcome for Democrat John Gregg. Pence’s platform throughout the campaign was positive, rarely engaging in what were almost constant attacks from Gregg.
Brandt Hershman believes Indiana is moving in the right direction and he thinks that is the reason voters chose him for another term.
"I think it's a reflection that many people feel that, even in an uncertain economy nationwide, that Indiana has largely been on the right track, by limiting our spending and focusing on our core priorities," he said.
The State Senator representing District Seven defeated Democratic challenger Brad Thompson for the seat that includes Jasper, White, Carroll, Tippecanoe, Clinton, and Boone counties.