INDIANAPOLIS — A longtime educator and former northeast Indiana city council president on Monday filed the documents necessary to seek the Democratic Party nomination for state auditor.
Joselyn Whitticker, of Marion, said she hopes to bring a different perspective to the office, which largely is responsible for paying Indiana's bills on time, by acting as a watchdog for Hoosier taxpayers.
"Hoosiers have lost faith that their government represents their best interests," she said. "I’m running because I believe we can restore that trust through accountability and transparency."
While Whitticker is not a certified public accountant — unlike her expected opponent — she said her practical experience managing funds and uncovering waste in local government qualifies her to oversee the state's checkbook.
"When we all tend to look alike and think alike, we tend to take for granted that there are others out there," Whitticker said. "I'm not looking to find faults with the governor or so on, but I will be that check-and-balance for all the citizens."
So far, Whitticker is the only Democrat seeking the state auditor nomination ahead of Friday's filing deadline.
The Democratic nomination will be awarded by delegates attending the party's June 16 state convention.
Current State Auditor Tera Klutz is expected Saturday to win the Republican nomination.
Klutz was appointed state auditor in 2017 by Gov. Eric Holcomb after Suzanne Crouch, who was elected state auditor in 2014, resigned to become lieutenant governor.
Republicans have held the office of state auditor since 1986.
The last Northwest Indiana resident to serve in the post was Republican John Gallagher, of Munster, who was state auditor between 1966 and 1968.