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Two of three Secretary of State candidates set for League of Women Voters

Three separate images of each candidate for Indiana Secretary of State. At left is Democrat Destiny Wells, a White woman with long, dark hair. In the center is Republican Diego Morales, a Hispanic man with short, dark hair. And at right is Libertarian Jeff Maurer, a White man with short, dark gray hair.
Brandon Smith
IPB News, Courtesy of Maurer campaign
Democratic Secretary of State candidate Destiny Wells, at left, and Libertarian candidate Jeff Maurer, at right, will participate in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Indiana and IPBS. Republican Diego Morales, center, ignored invitations to participate.

Two of the three candidates vying to become Indiana’s next Secretary of State will meet in a debate Monday. Republican Diego Morales continues to dodge public events that feature his fellow candidates.

Democratic candidate Destiny Wells and Libertarian Jeff Maurer will both participate — but not Morales. His campaign previously said his focus is on traveling all 92 counties and pointed out that there aren’t congressional debates, nor in other statewide races for treasurer and auditor.

Morales’s campaign has been dogged for weeks by questions about his military record and his positions on early voting and the legitimacy of the 2020 election. And recently, there have been allegations about sexual misconduct leveled against the Republican, which he denies.

Monday’s debate is organized by the League of Women Voters of Indiana and Indiana Public Broadcasting. It will air on public broadcasting stations across the state, either live or in the hours and days afterward, and be available to watch on the League of Women Voters’ website.

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Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.