Monday, May 22, 2006

Survey Says

In what can only be considered an accident, Joseph R. Pearson decided to be the sacrificial lamb to run for Secretary of State.

In a related story, Joseph R. Pearson's career ended!

Joseph R. Pearson, a former deputy commissioner of agriculture for Indiana and a former president of the Indiana School Boards Association, will run for secretary of state against the Republican incumbent Todd Rokita.

Pearson will formally be nominated by the state Democratic Party at their June 3 convention in Indianapolis.

Pearson, a Hartford City resident, could not be immediately reached for comment, but Dan Parker, chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party, called Pearson "the best fit for what we needed."

"He brings a breadth of experience in state and local government," Parker said. "He's spent his life listening to Hoosiers and bringing their concerns to state government."
Republicans, who hold their state convention on June 19 and 20, have long had their candidates set. Rokita is seeking re-election as secretary of state; state Treasurer Tim Berry is running for auditor; and Richard Mourdock, of Vanderburgh County, is running for treasurer.

Democrats, though, are still assembling their ticket. They have yet to announce a candidate for auditor, while Michael Griffin, the clerk-treasurer from Highland, is running for treasurer.
No statewide office, though, is more important to either party than that of secretary of state.
The secretary of state in Indiana has two main functions: overseeing elections and supervising corporate registrations, including securities investigations.

Winning the job, though, has huge importance politically. If the Indiana House is again divided 50-50 after this November's general election, state law dictates that the party that wins the secretary of state's office also gets control of the House.

Also, the secretary of state is chairman of the State Recount Commission, providing a crucial vote in deciding close elections. And the race even affects individual counties. The winner of the race for secretary of state in each county determines which party's candidates go first on the ballot in that county -- regardless of who wins election as secretary of state.


At 8:02 AM, Anonymous elizabeth said...

By "breadth of experience", the dems must mean experience in far-reaching areas (farming) other than Secretary of State duties. Once again, the dems parade out a candidate with no regard to experience. They must never have been on a real job interview to know that EXPERIENCE COUNTS.


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