Democratic State Party nominates Jim Harper for Indiana Secretary of State

Democratic State Party nominates Jim Harper for Indiana Secretary of State

On Saturday a unified delegation of state Democrats nominated Jim Harper to become Indiana’s next Secretary of State. The group endorsed the Valparaiso attorney unanimously and with an enthusiastic vote by acclamation.

“It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I accept the full endorsement of democrats across the state,” said Harper. “I’m looking forward to working with democratic candidates up and down the ballot to end the single-party rule at the statehouse. And together, we will fight for bold action to tackle Indiana’s record low voter turnout and tear down barriers to voter access.”

In his convention speech, Harper outlined his vision for the role, particularly noting his commitment to ending widespread gerrymandering and voter suppression and being a watchful eye over the statehouse supermajority.

“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 expect to choose their elected officials, not the other way around.”

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,” said Zody. “They’re ready for a new perspective and a new generation of leadership and that’s exactly what our nominee for Indiana Secretary of State delivers.”

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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