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Democrat Jim Harper announces for Indiana Secretary of State

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Valparaiso resident and Democrat Jim Harper is announcing his candidacy for the nomination for Indiana Secretary of State.

It is time for a new generation of leadership in state government, Harper said. All too often, our state government has sided with those at the very top at the expense of ordinary Hoosiers. Im running for Secretary of State because we desperately need a fresh perspective at the state house. Our Secretary of State must set party politics aside and focus on improving the lives of all Hoosiers.

The Secretary of State is Indianas chief elections officer. We must make sure that all eligible Hoosiers can cast a ballot, Harper said. Ill fight to expand early voting, establish same-day voter registration, and end political gerrymandering. Under one-party rule, Indiana has become hopelessly gerrymandered. This must change, and the Secretary of State must lead the charge.

As Secretary of State, Ill also fight to help middle-class Hoosiers and strengthen our economy, Harper added. Ill work to make it easier for small businesses to do business in our state. And Ill stand up to companies that attempt to mislead or defraud senior citizens and investors.

Harper was born and raised in Valparaiso and currently resides there. He graduated with highest honors from Indiana University and received his law degree, with high honors, from Georgetown University. After law school, Harper completed a federal judicial clerkship in Indianapolis. He now practices law in Porter County. Harper serves on the board of a non-profit law firm that provides free and reduced-cost legal services to veterans, as well as the Hilltop House, a Valparaiso non-profit that provides early-childhood education and other services to Porter County families.

In 2016, Harper was the Democratic nominee for State Senate in the 5th District.



Posted 1/22/2018




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