A short guide to the November 6 elections

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Office Name: U.S. State Senator (Six Years)

Office Summary: One of two elected representatives to the United States Senate.  They will be responsible for giving Indiana a voice this House of Congress.


Candidate Name: Joe Donnelly

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Experience: Notre Dame Graduate (BA Government 1977, Juris Doctor 1981), Indiana State Election Board (1988-1989), US House Representative (2006-2012), US Senator (2012-Current)

Major Issues: Strong National Defense, Reduce Debt/Deficit

Campaign Website: https://joeforindiana.com


Candidate Name: Lucy Brenton

Party Affiliation: Libertarian

Experience: IUPUI Concentration – French/Economics, Current Secretary Hamilton County Libertarian Party, Treasurer of Indiana Notary Association

Major Issues: End Corporate Taxes, Absolute Minimum Government Size, Abolish Minimum Wage

Campaign Website: http://www.lucyforsenate.com/who-is-lucy/


Candidate Name: Mike Braun

Party Affiliation: Republican

Experience: Wabash College BA, Harvard University MBA, Indiana House of Representatives (2014-2017)

Major Issues: Protect 2nd Amendment, Pro Congressional Term Limits, Life Begins At Conception Advocacy

Campaign Website: https://www.mikebraunforindiana.com


Office Name:  U.S. House of Representative, 2nd District (Two Years)

Office Summary: Elected representative to the US House of Representatives.  They will be responsible for giving Hoosiers from the Second Representative District a voice in this House of Congress.


Candidate Name: Mel Hall

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Experience:  Taylor University BA, Notre Dame PhD, CEO of Press Ganey (2000- 2009), Minister.

Major Issues: Affordable healthcare for all, lowering cost of higher education, increasing accountability in government.

Campaign Website: melforcongress.com


Candidate Name: Jackie Walorski

Party Affiliation: Republican

Experience: Taylor University BA, Indiana House of Representatives (2005 – 2010) US House of Representatives (2013- present)

Major Issues: Energy legislation that puts hoosiers and small business first, repealing Obamacare, believes that federal regulation is stunting economic growth.

Campaign Website: walorski.house.gov


Office Name: Indiana Secretary of State (Four Years)

Office Summary: The State Secretary is responsible for overseeing the elections themselves, businesses operating, security investments, and registration and regulation of motor vehicles within the state.


Candidate Name: Jim Harper

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Experience: Law Practice in Porter County

Major Issues: Ending Gerrymandering, Improve Voter Turnout/Accessibility, Increase Election Security

Campaign Website: http://harperforindiana.com


Candidate Name: Mark Rutherford

Party Affiliation: Libertarian

Experience: Indiana Public Defender Commission Chairman (2007-Current), Vice Chair National Libertarian Party (2010-2012)

Major Issues: End Gerrymandering, Protect Individual Rights, Reduce Small Business Regulations

Campaign Website: https://www.markforindiana.com


Candidate Name: Connie Lawson

Party Affiliation: Republican

Experience: Hendricks County Circuit Court Clerk (1988-1996), Vice Chair Hendricks County Republican Party (1995-2005), Indiana Senate (1996-2012), Indiana Secretary of State (2012-Current)

Major Issues: Stronger Financial Education, Increase Election Security, Stronger Financial Crime Penalties

Campaign Website: http://www.voteconnielawson.com


Office Name: Indiana Auditor of State (Four Years)

Office Summary: The Auditor of State is responsible for handling the finances of the State.  This includes the State budget, tax revenue, and state employee compensation.


Candidate Name: Joselyn Whitticker

Party Affiliation: Democrat


Candidate Name: John Schick

Party Affiliation: Libertarian


Candidate Name: Tera Klutz

Party Affiliation: Republican

Experience: IPFW BA, Auditor of Allen County (2010- 2017), Auditor of Indiana (2017-present)

Website: www.in.gov/auditor/


Office Name: Indiana Treasurer of State (Four Years)

Office Summary:  The Treasurer of State acts as the head of the state bank.  The office collects, invests, and distributes funds. It also provides financial services such as student loans.


Candidate Name: John Aguilera

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Experience: Indiana State Representative (4 Terms), National Hispanic Council Caucus of State Legislators VP, Lake City Councilman (2 Years), Lake City Council President (2 Years)

Major Issues: Long Term Investment Strategies, Improve Roads and Public Transportation, Increase Local Action in Government

Campaign Website: https://www.aguileraforindiana.com


Candidate Name: Kelly Mitchell

Party Affiliation: Republican

Experience: Cass County Commissioner (1997-2004), Director TrustINdiana (2007-2014), US Senate Financial Advisor (2010), Indiana Treasurer (2014-Current), 2016 Republican National Convention Delegate

Major Issues: Increasing ease of government investments

Campaign Website: https://www.votekellymitchell.com


Upcoming debates announced by the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area and the American Democracy Project of IU South Bend:
St. Joseph County Sheriff (IN) to be held on IU South Bend Campus in the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.
Candidates Paul Jonas (R) and Bill Redman (D)
This event will be televised live on ABC57, airing on My Michiana Channel 69


St. Joseph County Council debate to be held in IU South Bend Wiekamp Hall room 1001 at 6 p.m. This debate will feature District C debates at 6 p.m., with Cindy Kilgore (D) and Dick Pfeil (R), and District H at 7 p.m. with Joe Canarecci (D) and Brian Pawlowski (R)

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