It’s Official! Jim Files for Secretary of State

It’s Official! Jim Files for Secretary of State

On Tuesday, Jim Harper officially filed his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Indiana Secretary of State. At the press event, Harper and Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody conducted the official signing, sending Harper on his path toward the Indiana Secretary of State’s office.

Harper outlined his vision for the role, particularly noting his commitment to ending widespread gerrymandering and voter suppression, being a watchful eye over the statehouse supermajority, and increasing the office’s small business division to give Hoosier entrepreneurs the tools they need to navigate state filings.

“I launched this campaign to stand up for voters all across Indiana, visiting dozens of counties, and speaking to countless voters concerned with how things are being done –or not done, and it’s clear that our message is sticking,” said Harper. “Voters want to stop being kicked off the rolls and businesses expect more out of the agency they write their contracts with.”

Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody noted the fresh perspective Harper brings to the state and the ticket.

“Hoosiers are sick and tired of politics as usual, and are ready for more balance at the Indiana Statehouse. They’re ready for a new perspective and new leadership and that’s exactly what a candidate like Jim Harper delivers,” said Zody. “As we move toward the State Convention, I look forward to our delegates getting to know Jim better while he continues to carry his message across Indiana.”

Harper will next face delegates of the Indiana Democratic Party at their convention on June 16, when he is expected to receive the party’s nomination as their candidate for Indiana Secretary of State.

“I’m looking forward to outlining my plans to bring our electoral process into the current millennium and giving business leaders the confidence they need to contract with the state,” continued Harper. “It’s on us to be accessible and get our message out to voters. And I’ll be on the road day-in and day-out, just as we have been the last three months, listening to Hoosiers and sharing our ideas on how to move Indiana forward.”

Harper was born and raised in Valparaiso, and after completing his undergraduate degree at Indiana University, he studied law at Georgetown University. Upon graduation, he returned to his home state to serve as a clerk of the Federal court. He currently practices law in Porter County where he also serves on the board of a non-profit law firm that provides free and reduced-cost legal services to veterans. In 2016, Harper was the Democratic nominee for State Senate in the 5th District.

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