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3rd Indiana treasurer candidate announces

Richmond financial advisor Don Bates became the third Republican candidate running for state treasurer Tuesday.

He pledged to use his 17 years of private sector experience to work to protect Hoosier taxpayers.

"For 17 years, my clients have trusted me with their savings, their retirements, their future," Bates said. "Now, I want to take that wealth of experience and use it to protect Hoosier taxpayers."

He made official announcements in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne Tuesday.

But his candidacy was already public. He even attended the recent Allen County Republican Bean Dinner alongside GOP opponent Wayne Seybold, who is mayor of Marion.

Kelly Mitchell -- the director of an Indiana local government investment pool, TrustINdiana -- is also running. She current works in the treasurer's office and is expected to have the backing of Republican incumbent Richard Mourdock, who is term-limited.

A treasurer candidate will be nominated in June at the GOP state convention in Fort Wayne.