The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, September 07, 2021 10:00 am

Fort Wayne city clerk to run for state treasurer

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

Republican Fort Wayne City Clerk Lana Keesling is expected to reveal this afternoon that she is launching a bid for State Treasurer, a source with knowledge of the announcement said.

She will become the fourth Republican in the race. 

Keesling was elected City Clerk in 2015 – taking over an office run by a Democrat accused in an electioneering scandal. 

Her bio on the city's webpage says she has a bachelor's and master's degree in business administration. She previously was a chief financial officer at a private company and was a small business owner. 

Keesling also once recorded a private conversation with Democrat Mayor Tom Henry – without his consent - over a parking dispute. 

She joins three people already seeking the Treasurer post, which pays about $89,000 a year. Current Treasurer Kelly Mitchell is prohibited from seeking a third term. 

The other candidates are: GOP strategist Pete Seat; Daniel Elliott, chair of the Morgan County Republican Party; and Suzie Jaworowski, state director for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign in Indiana.

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