Indiana Republican statewide candidates made a stop in Warsaw on their “Experience and Transparency” bus tour. The candidates: Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Auditor of State Suzanne Crouch and Treasurer of State candidate Kelly Mitchell greeted voters at the Kosciusko County Republican Party Headquarters on North Buffalo Street.
The tour for the group began a week ago Monday in Noblesville before visiting counties in southwest Indiana. Today, the three-woman team visited Huntington, Allen, Noble and Kosciusko counties before heading to Lake County for the evening. Saturday’s schedule will begin with a visit to Elkhart County.
Lawson is seeking re-election as secretary of state. Crouch, who was appointed by Gov. Mike Pence, will seek to win her first term as an elected official in office. Mitchell is also seeking her first term in office.
The team will visit 33 counties, at least five counties twice, to bring attention to election day and the “need to get everyone out to vote,” according to Lawson. “This is an important election. There is a lot at stake.”
Lawson stated the tour is letting people know what their accomplishments are as officers and what accomplishments are planned for the future. “We are working at making people aware.”
Lawson continued with the message of financial literacy for seniors and high school students, giving small business owners the tools to open doors sooner and creating jobs are among topics being discussed. In relation to the election, Lawson is letting people know she is working to make elections more accessible with the flexibility where to vote and to ensure integrity and security of the elections.
“It’s been exhilarating and exciting,” Crouch stated in the ability to connect with Hoosiers. She has been bringing the message of fiscal responsibility and transparency of the government on the tour. “The trust the taxpayer grants an elected officials is a sacred trust and every dollar spent should be done so with serious respect and consideration for those that earned those tax dollars,” she said.
Mitchell noted she is discovering constituents are excited for a candidate who has served in that office and has the experience for the office. She has served in the treasurer’s office for seven years and has experience at the local government level.