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INDIANAPOLIS — A Valparaiso University Law School graduate has been selected by the Libertarian Party of Indiana to run for secretary of state.

Mark Rutherford, of Carmel, won the Libertarian nomination Saturday following voting by delegates attending the party's state convention in Indianapolis.

Rutherford said his experience in election and business law, as well as his role as chairman of the Indiana Public Defender Commission, qualify him to take on the secretary of state's duties of overseeing elections and managing state business registration and securities.

"Small businesses built Indiana's economy, yet onerous regulations hurt these businesses most. This will hamper Indiana's future," Rutherford said.

"We must minimize fees and filings for new businesses and simplify how businesses deal with the secretary of state office."

Rutherford, who is former chairman of the state Libertarian Party and former vice chairman of the Libertarian National Committee, also said he wants to stamp out the drawing of legislative district boundaries that advantage a single political party.

His major party opponents officially will be selected next month at the Republican and Democratic state conventions.

But both Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson, and Democrat Jim Harper, of Valparaiso, currently are unopposed for their party's nominations.

George Wolfe, a retired Ball State University professor, is the Green Party nominee for secretary of state.

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Statehouse Bureau Chief

Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.