Indiana elections, 2014

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A general election was held in the U.S. state of Indiana on November 4, 2014. Three of Indiana's executive officers were up for election as well as all of Indiana's nine seats in the United States House of Representatives. The Republican nominees won all three statewide elections and all of Indiana's U.S. Representatives were re-elected.[1]

Secretary of State[edit]

Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who was appointed to the office in 2012 after Charles P. White was removed from office due to felony convictions, ran for election to a first full term in office.[2] She was unopposed for the Republican nomination.[3]

The Democratic nominee was attorney and Marion County Clerk Beth White (no relation to Charles P. White). She was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.[4][5]

The Libertarian nominee was Karl Tatgenhorst, a technology executive.[6]

General Election Results[edit]

General Election results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Connie Lawson 760,921 57.11
Democratic Beth White 526,229 39.49
Libertarian Karl Tatgenhorst 45,341 3.40
Total votes 1,332,491 100

Treasurer[edit]

Republican State Treasurer Richard Mourdock was term-limited and unable to run for a third term in office in 2014. He resigned on August 29, 2014,[8] the last day that state employees could retire before cuts to pension benefits took effect in September 2014.[9] Republican Governor Mike Pence appointed chief financial officer and chief operating officer of the Indiana Finance Authority Daniel Huge to serve as interim treasurer until a longer-term replacement could be identified to finish the rest of Mourdock's term.[10]

Three candidates ran for the Republican nomination: financial advisor and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and for Indiana's 6th congressional district in 2012 Don Bates;[11] Marion Mayor and candidate for Indiana's 5th congressional district in 2012 Wayne Seybold;[12] and director of the TrustINdiana local government investment pool and former Cass County County Commissioner Kelly Mitchell.[13][14]

In the Republican primary convention, the first ballot was a "relative toss-up" and although no candidate won a majority on the second ballot, Mitchell gained votes. Bates, who was in third place, was dropped after the second ballot.[3] Mitchell won the third ballot, by 860 votes to 497.[15]

The Democratic nominee was former member of the Illinois House of Representatives and candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 2010 Mike Boland,[16][17][18] who moved to Indiana in 2012 to be closer to his grandchildren.[19] He was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

The Libertarian nominee was Mike Jasper, an accountant and financial adviser.[20]

General Election Results[edit]

General Election results[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kelly Mitchell 771,136 58.13
Democratic Michael Boland 490,023 36.99
Libertarian Michael Jasper 63,683 4.81
Total votes 1,324,842 100

Auditor[edit]

Incumbent Republican State Auditor Suzanne Crouch was appointed to the office in 2014 to replace Republican Dwayne Sawyer, who had resigned for unexplained personal reasons just three months after replacing the term-limited Tim Berry,[22] who had resigned to become Chairman of the Indiana Republican Party.[23] Crouch is running for election to a first full term in office.[24] She was unopposed for the Republican nomination.[3]

The Democratic nominee was retired Certified Public Accountant, attorney and former Deputy State Examiner of the Indiana State Board of Accounts Mike Claytor.[25][26][27] He was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

The Libertarian nominee was John Schick, a management consultant and candidate for the State House in 2010.[20]

General Election Results[edit]

General Election results[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Suzanne Crouch 791,971 59.64
Democratic Michael Claytor 477,689 35.97
Libertarian John Schick 58,269 4.39
Total votes 1,327,929 100

United States House of Representatives[edit]

All of Indiana's nine seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election in 2014. The state's seven Republican Representatives and two Democrat Representatives were all re-elected.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.in.gov/apps/sos/election/general/general2014
  2. ^ "Indiana secretary of state: 'It was not me' making tweets". The Times of Northwest Indiana. June 22, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "GOP Nominates Secretary Of State, Auditor, Treasurer". Indiana Public Media. June 7, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Marion County Clerk Beth White running for Indiana secretary of state". WTHR. November 4, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Beth White files to run for Indiana Secretary of State". The Times of Northwest Indiana. May 14, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Porter Co. man leads state Libertarian Party ticket". The Times of Northwest Indiana. May 25, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Election Results". Indiana Secretary of State. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ Margason, Greg (August 29, 2014). "State Treasurer Richard Mourdock submits resignation to Gov. Pence". Fox59. 
  9. ^ Cook, Tony (August 29, 2014). "Richard Mourdock resigns as Indiana state treasurer". Indianapolis Star. 
  10. ^ "Pence appoints Indiana treasurer replacement". Ball State Daily. August 29, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Financial adviser Don Bates seeks GOP state treasurer nomination". The Indianapolis Star. November 5, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Marion Mayor Announces Run For Indiana Treasurer". Indiana Public Media. June 4, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Kelly Mitchell Files Candidacy for Indiana State Treasurer". Tristate Homepage. February 3, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Three now vying for GOP state treasurer nomination". The Times of Northwest Indiana. October 14, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Kelly Mitchell wins GOP nod for Indiana treasurer on 3rd ballot". The Indianapolis Star. June 7, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Former Illinois state representative seeks Democratic treasurer nomination". The Indianapolis Star. May 23, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Democrats To Nominate Former Illinois Lawmaker For Treasurer". Indiana Public Media. May 23, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Indiana treasurer hopeful Mike Boland says he'd be a 'taxpayer's advocate'". The Elkhart Truth. July 21, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Democrat Boland announces bid for Indiana treasurer". Post-Tribune. May 24, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b "Indiana Libertarians make auditor, treasurer picks". WTHR. June 12, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Election Results". Indiana Secretary of State. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Gov. Mike Pence accepts resignation from State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer". TheIndyChannel.com. November 26, 2013. Archived from the original on December 17, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Tim Berry resigns as Indiana State Auditor". Indiana Talks. August 14, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Suzanne Crouch sworn in as Indiana's state auditor". Evansville Courier & Press. January 2, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Democrat Mike Claytor Announces Candidacy For State Auditor". Indiana Public Media. September 12, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  26. ^ "State Auditor Candidate Proposes 'Sweeping Ethics Reform'". Indiana Public Media. August 26, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  27. ^ "State auditor candidate wants to be watchdog of Indiana finances". The Times of Northwest Indiana. September 5, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Election Results". Indiana Secretary of State. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 

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