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Keesling declares candidacy for state treasurer

Lana Keesling

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Fort Wayne City Clerk Lana Keesling will seek statewide office in 2022, announcing on Tuesday that she will run for treasurer.

Keesling declared her candidacy at Allen County Republican Party Headquarters.

She was elected city clerk in 2015, reelected in 2019 and currently serves as the vice chair of Allen County party leadership.

Local GOP chairman Steve Shine endorsed Keesling, who cited her work on the city budget and the launch of the "Meters with a Mission" program among her achievements.

"I'm very fiscally responsible and passionately conservative," she said. "Those are the values. Every dollar I spend will be a dollar that needs to be spent."

Current State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell will leave office due to term limits, opening the seat in Indianapolis.

Other Republicans seeking the party nomination include: Daniel Elliott (Chairman of the Morgan County Republican Party), Suzie Jaworowski (former Chief of Staff for the US Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy), and Pete Seat (a vice president at Bose Public Affairs Group and former Indiana GOP spokesman).

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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