Republicans now have a three-way race for the nomination for state treasurer after Don Bates, who ran in GOP primaries for U.S. Senate and House the last two elections, announced his bid.
Bates argues his experience as a financial adviser makes him the best qualified candidate for treasurer. He says he would pursue a conservative investment strategy with taxpayer dollars.
“I first ran for public office to protect taxpayers and my mission continues in this endeavor,” he says.
He says the state would benefit from drawing more officeholders from the private sector instead of from other echelons of government.
Republicans will choose their nominee at their state convention in June.
Bates is facing Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold and deputy treasurer Kelly Mitchell, a former Cass County commissioner who oversees the TrustINdiana investment pool.
GOP incumbent Richard Mourdock is barred from seeking a third term.
Both Bates and Seybold made unsuccessful runs for Congress last year.
Bates finished third with 13 percent of the vote in the 6th District primary when Mike Pence gave up the seat to run for governor. Seybold finished fourth with 11 percent in the 5th District primary after longtime incumbent Dan Burton retired.
Bates predicts the contacts he made in that losing campaign, as well as a fourth-place finish in the Senate primary in 2010, will help him this time out.