Selection For GOP Chair Changes State Auditor Race

Tim Berry‘s selection as state Republican chairman will affect the upcoming state auditor elections.

Tim Berry

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State Auditor Tim Berry at a press conference. Governor Pence will choose a new state auditor to replace Berry, who will now serve as the GOP party chair.

Tim Berry’s selection as state Republican chairman throws a twist into the race to succeed him as state auditor.

His departure to become party chairman means there will be an incumbent after all, one appointed by Governor Pence.

Lewisville Representative Tom Saunders announced an exploratory committee hours before the news broke about Berry’s job change.

“I would think, you know, if the Governor makes an appointment, that person will probably go into the convention and be reappointed as the Governor’s choice,” Saunders says.

Instead of lobbying delegates, the candidates have two weeks to lobby Pence for the job.

Departing state auditor Tim Berry is not saying whether he will recommend a successor to Governor Pence.

“My person is the choice of the governor,” Berry says. “The person who will be state auditor I know will be someone who will be able to coalesce behind and actively campaign across the state.”

Brownsburg Town Council President Dwayne Sawyer says candidates will have to decide whether to keep running. He is not saying what he plans to do.

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