INDIANAPOLIS | Republican Kelly Mitchell is making financial education the cornerstone of her campaign for Indiana state treasurer.
The former Valparaiso resident announced Wednesday her "SAVE Indiana" plan focused on improving the fiscal literacy of Hoosier students, adults, veterans and educators.
"In order for our state to maintain the balanced budgets and low taxes we've worked so hard for, every Hoosier should have the opportunity to learn more about saving, credit and everyday financial issues," Mitchell said. "My vision for the treasurer's office is to make Indiana the most financially literate state in the nation."
If elected, she plans to work with other state officials and agencies to better advise students about college loans, help adults save for retirement, ensure veterans receive all benefits they're entitled to and persuade schools to begin financial education courses earlier than sixth grade.
"Because of what I learned as a child, I've been able to make wise choices personally and professionally so that my children can afford college and my husband and I are preparing a nest egg for retirement. But not every Hoosier has been taught those important lessons," she said.
Mitchell has worked in the treasurer's office for the past six years as director of TrustINdiana, overseeing more than $500 million in investments on behalf of local governments and school corporations.
An Illinois native, Mitchell earned a political science degree at Valparaiso University and served two terms as a Cass County commissioner prior to relocating to Indianapolis.
She'll face Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold and financial adviser Don Bates, of Richmond, in a June Republican state convention contest to determine who will be the GOP candidate for state treasurer in the Nov. 4 general election.
State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, a Republican, cannot seek re-election due to term limits.