Democrats To Nominate Former Illinois Lawmaker For Treasurer

The state Democratic party is selecting former Illinois Representative Mike Boland to run for state treasurer.

Mike Boland

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Former Illinois Rep. Mike Boland calls himself a "Hoosier by choice."

Indiana Democrats plan to nominate a former Illinois state lawmaker to run for state treasurer this fall.

The Democrats will officially nominate former teacher and Illinois Representative Mike Boland at next weekend’s state party, but the nomination is largely a procedural matter now that he has been chosen.

The party’s choice means it now has candidates for all three state offices decided.

Democrats have known for months who their nominees for secretary of state and auditor would be. Marion County Clerk Beth White is the party’s choice for secretary of state, and Deputy State Examiner Mike Claytor is the choice for auditor.

Boland, who calls himself a “Hoosier by choice,” moved to Indiana two years ago after losing consecutive elections for lieutenant governor and Illinois State Senate.

He says he planned to retire for good but opted to run for Treasurer because he’s dedicated much of his life to public service and saw a chance to help.

“The State Board of Finance, where the Treasurer, the Auditor and the Governor all sit and make some pretty important decisions – they can move some budget items around and things like that,” Bolans says. “I think it’s vital that we have some balance there so that it is not all one party.”

Boland says he wants to expand the role of State Treasurer, working with banks to lower student loan interest rates, helping local communities manage their money and boost economic growth and helping state government be more frugal.

Three Republicans will vie to be their party’s nominee for treasurer, Kelly Mitchell, who works in the state Treasurer’s office, Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold and financial advisor Don Bates.

Incumbent Richard Mourdock is term limited.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Bob Eckert

    ARE YOU SERIOUS??? You mean we can’t find ANYONE in our own state who has all the right qualifications for this office?? Illinois is broke, they have a huge deficit. Democrats, what are you thinking? Oh I see, YOU AREN’T THINKING!! If this guy is the only Democrat running for this office, I will vote Republican for it, for a Republican from Indiana. What is tragic is that I ALWAYS vote straight ticket Democratic.

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