Political Notebook

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Indiana state auditor candidates under consideration

Gov. Mike Pence has met with four Hoosiers interested in becoming the next Indiana Auditor, including one lawmaker.

He told reporters Thursday that he is not looking for an interim but someone who will stand for election in 2014.

State Auditor Tim Berry is resigning to take over as chairman of the Indiana Republican Party, which gives Pence a vacancy to fill.

Pence named only one person he has met with - Rep. Tom Saunders, R-Lewisville, who has already filed an exploratory commimttee to consider running for the office next year.

The governor also said definitively he has not met with Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

Some have theorized that Pence chose Berry for the chairman post partly so he could tap a strong auditor candidate and deter Mourdock from running for that office.

Berry was term-limited and could not seek the office again. Likewise, Mourdock can't run for Treasurer again.

The four people Pence has met with had expressed interest in the office before Berry's appointment.

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