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Indiana Democrats identify statewide slate of candidates for 2022

The photo shows three headshots of Indiana Democrats' candidates for statewide office. From left to right are secretary of state candidate Destiny Wells, state treasurer candidate Jessica McClellan and state auditor candidate ZeNai Brooks.
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Indiana Democrats' 2022 statewide candidates include, from left to right, Secretary of State candidate Destiny Wells, State Treasurer candidate Jessica McClellan and State Auditor candidate ZeNai Brooks.

Indiana Democrats have identified their slate of candidates for statewide elections this year. The state party will officially nominate those candidates Saturday.

There are four statewide offices on the ballot this fall – U.S. senator, state treasurer, state auditor and secretary of state. Candidates for those last three positions aren’t chosen by voters in a primary. Instead, delegates at state party conventions choose the nominees.

Monroe County Treasurer Jessica McClellan will be Democrats’ state treasurer candidate. In her second term in office, McClellan also serves as vice president of the Indiana County Treasurers' Association.

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ZeNai Brooks is a certified public accountant and controller for Cummins, one of Indiana’s largest companies. She’s running for state auditor.

And Destiny Wells, candidate for Secretary of State, is a former deputy attorney general and military veteran.

It’s been more than three decades since a Democrat has won an election for any of those offices.

The Democrats' candidate for U.S. Senate is Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott, who went unopposed in the May primary election. He'll face off against incumbent U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), who was also unopposed in the primary.

There are multiple Republican candidates for both state treasurer and secretary of state.

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Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.