INDIANAPOLIS — Two state offices on the general election ballot tend to attract considerably less notice than other races, but their outcomes could significantly shape Indiana's financial condition in the years ahead.
The 2018 contest for state treasurer pits Kelly Mitchell, the incumbent Republican and a Valparaiso University graduate, against John Aguilera, a Democratic former state representative and retired ArcelorMittal systems analyst from East Chicago.
Mitchell is seeking election to a second four-year term to continue her "fiscally conservative approach" toward stewarding the state's financial assets, managing investment and pension funds, overseeing the 911 emergency system and promoting college savings accounts.
Aguilera, on the other hand, is hoping Hoosiers are looking for personal and political diversity in their state officeholders.
The Latino has pledged to promote "good government" as state treasurer, while also breaking the GOP stranglehold on every elected position in the Statehouse.
Republicans have held the state treasurer's office since 1979, and the state auditor's office since 1986.
The two candidates running for state auditor are Republican incumbent Tera Klutz and Democratic challenger Joselyn Whitticker.
Klutz last year succeeded now-Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch as the person responsible for paying Indiana's bills on time.
During her term, Klutz also has redesigned Indiana's transparency website to make state agency financial records more accessible to Hoosiers.
Whitticker, the former president of the Marion city council, said her practical experience managing funds and uncovering waste in local government qualifies her to oversee the state's checkbook.
Both the state treasurer and state auditor also serve on the State Board of Finance, along with the governor's budget director.
The finance board in recent years regularly has had to decide whether to continue providing state operating loans to the cash-strapped Gary Community School Corp.
No Gary loan request endorsed by the Indiana Distressed Unit Appeals Board has yet been denied.