INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Beth White kicked off a campaign for Secretary of State Monday. The Democratic candidate knows she's an underdog and, in fact, if she is elected Secretary of State in the 2014 Election, she will become the first Democrat to hold that office in Indiana in 20 years.
Currently the Marion County Clerk, White hopes to become the state's chief election officer and she kicked off her campaign by attacking, among other things, the Voter ID law created by Indiana Republicans.
"It seems to me that we have lost somehow our ability to understand what it means to show common sense in government," she said in prepared remarks, "and to do the right thing by our neighbors."
If the speech was more partisan than what you expect at a campaign announcement, White's comments afterward were even more pointed. She accused Republicans and Secretary of State Connie Lawson of voter suppression.
"And that is their intention, I believe. They don't want more and new and young people to be involved in the process," she said, "and the Secretary of State has a bully pulpit."
Connie Lawson is already a candidate. She made her intentions public shortly after she was appointed Secretary of State by Mitch Daniels, filling the vacancy created when Charlie White was convicted of voter fraud.
Lawson declined to respond directly to White's attacks.
"You know I've got a strong record of integrity and election security," she said, "and I'm just going to be very excited about going out and talking to the voters about that record."
While Lawson took the high road, GOP party leaders made it clear that they'll do their part to make this a rough and tumble race.
State chairman Tim Berry issued a statement accusing White of "mismanagement and partisan political antics" as county clerk.
Secretary of State will be the marquee race in 2014 and you can expect that both Republicans and Democrats will play for keeps.
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