Indiana Democrats unveiled their 2022 party platform while officially selecting their statewide candidates on Saturday.
The Indiana Democratic Party confirmed a platform which focused on improving voter turnout, public education, workers’ rights, and Indiana’s overall health. Chairman Mike Schmul said Indiana’s place at the bottom of those metrics is largely due to two decades of Republican leadership.
“They fight for who they want to be as a group,” he said. “We know who we want to be as a party. We are the party that supports American democracy, that supports Hoosier democracy.
Schmul said that’s the message Democrats are delivering to Hoosier voters at events while touring across the state.
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer said he believes Indiana Democrats are “competent and eligible” when they win statewide office.
Indiana Democrats also officially nominated three women for statewide positions at their state party convention.
For state treasurer, Democrats nominated Jessica McClellan – two-term Monroe County Treasurer. She said the experience is the perfect stepping stone to state office.
“I would like to elect someone who is qualified for this position,” McClellan said. “If someone has experience and it’s a good-sized county, and really knows what the treasurer’s office does – to me, that’s the perfect candidate idea.”
If elected, McClellan would become the first openly LGBTQ+ statewide office holder in Indiana history.
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ZeNai Brooks was named State Auditor to take on Republican Tera Klutz. Brooks, like Klutz, is a CPA and said she wanted to bring better accountability to the office.
“I think at this point people really want to restore trust in the way our tax money is spent… they’re tired of the way things have always been and so it’s time to change,” Brooks said.
Destiny Wells is the Democratic nominee for Secretary of State. She said she wanted to improve Indiana’s low voter turnout. She has repeatedly said that Indiana is not a red state, it’s a purple state with a voter turnout problem.
“So these are complex issues that require a professional in the office, who can also walk down the aisle and start to … undo what has been a Gordian knot tied by Republicans for the past 30 years, which has made us l ‘one of the worst turnouts in the country,’ Wells said.
Wells strongly criticized the Republican chosen to face him in November: Diego Morales. Former Trump campaign adviser Steve Cortes has advocated for Morales and he has appeared on Steve Bannon’s podcast.
“Do you know what all these people have in common? Insurgents,” Wells said.
None of those positions have been held by Democrats since 1994.