INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold launched a campaign for state Treasurer Tuesday. Seybold first made a name for himself as an Olympic figure skater and he will keep reminding voters of that.
He won't, however, be campaigning on skates in this campaign.
It was a low key campaign kickoff with Seybold standing on the Statehouse steps and a small crowd of supporters looking on. For the third-term Mayor of Marion, however, it could be a significant step. He has a head start in the run for the GOP nomination in a Republican state.
"I think that probably he's going to be the frontrunner in this race," said Ball State political scientist Ray Scheele.
Democrats are already accusing Seybold of pursuing a political stepping stone and that's when he falls back on his Olympic experience.
He and his sister Kim placed tenth in the pairs competition in the 1988 games.
"As an Olympian," said Seybold, "you're always striving to get to the next level and I thoroughly enjoy what I'm doing."
But don't look for Seybold to campaign on rollerblades this time, something he did in previous races including an unsuccessful bid for Congress last year.
"The whole state's too far," he said. "I need to, I need to lose some weight, let me tell you. But I also know my limitations."
Seybold may face competition for the GOP nomination from former Tea Party candidate Don Bates, Jr. He hopes to succeed Richard Mourdock as Treasurer. He already already built an impressive list of endorsements but so far there is no endorsement from Richard Mourdock.
Seybold says he didn't ask for it.
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