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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 1:53 pm

Northwest Indiana attorney seeks Secretary of State nomination

Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette

Jim Harper officially filed his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Indiana Secretary of State on Tuesday.

At the 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.

Delegates still have to nominate him at the state Democratic Party Convention later this summer. He will face Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson in the general election.

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,” Harper said. “Voters want to stop being kicked off the rolls and businesses expect more out of the agency they write their contracts with.”

He 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.