INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Governor Mike Pence will name Dwayne Sawyer to become the new State Auditor on Thursday.
Sawyer is a relative unknown in statewide political circles. He is currently the president of the Brownsburg Town Council but will move into the Statehouse almost immediately.
Dwayne Sawyer's name wasn't on any published list of contenders when Mike Pence began his search for a new state Auditor.
As President of the Brownsburg town council Sawyer is familiar with local issues like annexation. But with former Auditor Tim Berry serving as State GOP Chairman, Sawyer must now familiarize himself with larger issues.
Governor Mike Pence said little about his criteria when he launched his search for a new Auditor on July 4.
"We're determined to take our time," he said, "to talk to men and women that have an interest and people that are qualified for that position."
Among those who were considered were state Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) and Hamilton County GOP activist Cecilia Coble.
State Treasurer Richard Mourdock is among those who were testing the waters for a 2014 run for Auditor before Tim Berry stepped down.
The governor's backing of Dwayne Sawyer is meant to keep other Republicans from challenging for party nomination next year.
One of the obvious goals in the selection of Sawyer, who is African American, is the creation of a more diverse GOP ticket in 2014. It's a ticket that will be led in all likelihood by Secretary of State Connie Lawson. There may yet be a battle for the nomination for state Treasurer.
The governor will make the Sawyer choice official in a Statehouse announcement Thursday morning.
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