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Fort Wayne clerk joins growing GOP field vying for state treasurer

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Lana Keesling has been the Fort Wayne city clerk since 2015.

The Fort Wayne city clerk has joined a growing list of Republican candidates vying to become the next Indiana state treasurer.

The 2022 race for state treasurer is expected to be a crowded one, at least on the Republican side, as current Treasurer Kelly Mitchell is term-limited, unable to run again.

Fort Wayne’s Lana Keesling is now the fourth GOP candidate to announce their campaign. Keesling, a former small business owner, has been city clerk since 2015.

The other candidates vying to become the Republican nominee: Morgan County Republican Party leader Daniel Elliott, former George W. Bush administration spokesperson Pete Seat and Suzie Jaworowski, a top official at the Department of Energy under former President Donald Trump.

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No Democrat has announced their candidacy.

The Indiana Republican and Democratic Parties will each choose their nominee at their state party conventions next year.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. 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.