Porter County-based attorney Jim Harper is seeking the Democratic nomination for Indiana Secretary of State.

"It is time for a new generation of leadership in state government," he said in a prepared release.

"All too often, our state government has sided with those at the very top at the expense of ordinary Hoosiers," Harper said. "I’m running for secretary of state because we desperately need a fresh perspective at the Statehouse."

The Democratic nominee will be chosen at the Indiana Democratic State Convention on June 16.

The secretary of state is Indiana’s chief elections officer.

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"I’ll fight to expand early voting, establish same-day voter registration, and end political gerrymandering," Harper said.

The 34-year-old said he would also work to make it easier for small businesses and stand up to companies that attempt to defraud senior citizens and investors.

Harper said he 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.

He serves on the board of a nonprofit law firm that provides free and reduced-cost legal services to veterans, as well as the Hilltop House, a Valparaiso nonprofit that provides early-childhood education and other services to Porter County families.

In 2016, Harper made a failed run as the Democratic nominee for the state senate in the 5th District.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.