Lawson fends off White, wins secretary of state

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Connie Lawson has held back Democrat Beth White to win her first four-year term as secretary of state.

Tuesday’s victory over White and Libertarian Karl Tatgenhorst marks Lawson’s first election to the office that oversees elections and business registration for the state.

Lawson is a former state senator who was appointed to the job in 2012 to fill the remainder of former Secretary of State Charlie White’s term. White was removed from office following his conviction on voter fraud charges stemming from his 2010 race.

Lawson worked to improve transparency in the office following White’s conviction.

White is a two-term Marion County clerk who drew attention in June for performing the state’s first same-sex marriages.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson issued the following statement on her victory:

I am honored that Hoosiers have placed their trust in me. Our team in the Secretary of State’s office will work tirelessly to protect Hoosiers from identity theft, financial fraud and scams,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “Additionally, I am committed to encouraging voter participation and protecting our democracy while also ensuring the integrity of our election process.

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