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October 14, 2013

Former Cass County commissioner to run for state office

Senator: "She knows the job, knows what it takes and is abundantly qualified."

Kelly Thompson Mitchell announced Monday morning she will be running for state treasurer at the Cass County Government Building.

A former Cass County commissioner, Mitchellsaid she chose to announce in Cass County because it is where her life in public service started.

Mitchell was elected as commissioner in 1996, serving a total of eight years and was president of the board for five of the years she was in office.

She also worked seven years on the Logansport-Cass County Economic Development Commission. She also served on the county drainage board and the solid waste management district board.

If elected, Mitchell would be the 54th state treasurer and would be the third state treasurer with ties to Logansport, she said.

State Sen. Randy Head of District 18 introduced Mitchell Monday morning.

“She knows the job, knows what it takes and is abundantly qualified,” Head said.

For the past six years, Mitchell has served in the State Treasurer’s Office as TrustINdiana’s executive director. In 2007 TrustINdiana became a local government investment pool beginning with a zero balance. Mitchell said she is now helping manage a pool with assets close to $600 million.

“I am fully confident I understand the scope of the duties,” Mitchell said. “I remain grounded in public service and am prepared to shoulder this tremendous responsibility and privilege.”

Mitchell ended the announcement by asking those in attendance to reach out and contact her with questions. Questions can be sent to kelly@votekellymitchell.com.

She has two children, Chloe and Colin, who are at Indiana University and Wabash College. Her husband, Larry, is a pastor at Common Ground Christian Church. Colin and Larry attended the office announcement with Mitchell.

“On my honor, I promise to give you my very best,” Mitchell said. “I ask you to elect me as the 54th treasurer.”

Mitchell, who is originally from Woodstock, Ill., has traveled to 22 countries. She has also traveled may mils across Indiana and listened to local leaders voice financial concerns during difficult economic years, she said.

In the coming months, Mitchell is expecting to increase travel in Indiana.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or amie.sites@pharostribune.com. Follow her: @PharosAES.

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