Republicans Consider Moving Convention Outside Indianapolis

Next year may be the first time the Indiana GOP convention will be held somewhere other than Indianapolis.

Jon Huntsman

Photo: courtesy Eric Berman / Network Indiana

Republican Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman (left) speaks to a crowd of party faithful as Indiana GOP chairman Eric Holcomb (right) looks on.

Next year’s state Republican convention could be held outside Indianapolis for the first time.

The GOP’s rules committee is meeting this week to remove a party by-law requiring the convention to be held in the capital city.

Democrats moved their convention to Fort Wayne last year, and Allen County’s Republican Party has been lobbying for its own chance to play host.

“We did discuss it in our last state committee meeting how the rule would have to be changed, and it was unanimous,”  State Chairman Eric Holcomb says. “There’s no reason we should be locked into any one place.

He says Indianapolis  has already shown it can meet the party‘s hotel, security and transportation needs. As long as other cities can do so, he says the party will consider what else they have to offer, from music to social gatherings for delegates.

Holcomb says he expects a decision on the convention site sometime this summer.

Next year‘s convention will choose the party nominees for secretary of state, treasurer and auditor. Republicans currently hold all three offices.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson is expected to seek a full term after being appointed to the post last year.

Treasurer Richard Mourdock and Auditor Tim Berry are barred from seeking a third consecutive term.

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