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All candidates for Indiana House of Representatives District 73 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Indiana House of Representatives District 73 — Mimi Pruett (D) and Jennifer Meltzer (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Indiana’s state legislature. Indiana is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What public policies are you personally passionate about?

Polk:           

“I am passionate about mental health, healthcare and rural life issues. People who live in rural communities in the US make up 14% of the population but provide the vast majority of food, clean water, energy and outdoor recreational area to the rest of the county but get very little back in return. They need an advocate looking out for them. One who listens and learns from them not ignores them. Also mental health and healthcare are areas I know well and understand. Legislation regulating third party payers and education to reduce the stigma of mental illness could go a long way to change outcomes long-term.”

Meltzer:           

“Jennifer is passionate about mental health, education, and local control. Mental health is the elephant in the room that has been ignored for too long. Big Pharma lied to us. They advertised and encouraged the prescribing of opioids for their own financial gain knowing they were highly addictive. Now after years of litigation by local governments the State has an opportunity to receive millions in settlement dollars. These monies need to be channeled directly to local communities who have been on the frontlines of responding to the opioid epidemic for years.”

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All candidates for Indiana House of Representatives District 54 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Indiana House of Representatives District 54 — Nan Polk (D) and Cory Criswell (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Indiana’s state legislature. Indiana is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Polk:           

  • “Faith is the foundation of my platform. For me this refers to the necessity of treating your neighbor as yourself.”
  • “Family is my second key focus. We must give everyone the opportunity to adequately provide for their family, through a living wage, affordable housing and healthcare, and quality childcare.”
  • “Funding and empowering public education is necessary to ensure our future, without a broad education our democracy fails to function.”

Criswell:           

  • “Family Values”
  • “Fiscal Responsibility”
  • “Common-sense leader”

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All candidates for Indiana House of Representatives District 25 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Indiana House of Representatives District 25 — Jen Bass-Patino (D) and Becky Cash (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Indiana’s state legislature. Indiana is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?            

Bass-Patino:           

“I feel strongly that we must ensure that all Hoosiers have the basic necessities in order to lead healthy lives in our communities and which provide opportunities for continued prosperity and improvement. These include clean air, water and land not polluted by toxic chemicals. We must all have access to quality education and training programs so that our citizens can support themselves and their families well into the future. Public schools are vital to our students’ futures.”

Cash:                   

“My top priority is securing the rights of parents to make personal, medical, religious and educational decisions for their children. In addition, the right of each individual to make the medical decisions that are best for themselves; without risk of personal injury or violation of religious freedom is something that we must secure in the Indiana law. Finally, we must pursue additional legislation that will secure the rights of the unborn.”

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These 10 Indiana donors gave over $2.7 million

In Indiana politics, state-level candidates and political action committees have received $54.0 million in total donations between Jan. 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. The 10 largest donors gave more than $2.7 million, or 5 percent of all contributions.

These are the top 10 individual donors to Indiana state-level candidates and political action committees (PACs) in the 2022 election cycle, according to campaign finance reports submitted to the Indiana Secretary of State:

Top 10 Indiana Donors (1/1/2021 – 6/30/2022)

Rank Donor Name Total Donations
1 Reed Hastings $700,000
2 Jim Walton $425,000
3 Woodrow A Myers $398,143
4 Lawrence H Garatoni $260,500
5 Maci and Eric Doden $209,210
6 Deborah J Simon $152,500
7 Brenda Doden $150,500
8 Robert Lauter $150,000
9 Daryle L Doden $150,000
10 Payroll Deduction $140,101

The list of Indiana donors in this time period includes more than 456 individuals identified by name in the Indiana Secretary of State’s public records.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Indiana PACs submitted to the Indiana Secretary of State. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies.

Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports. Data from additional reports due in between the deadlines below are published along with the reports listed here.

Report Name Report Due Date
2022 Jan Semiannual 1/19/2022
2022 Statewide Quarterly/Semiannual 7/15/2022
2022 Pre-Election 10/17/2022
2022 Statewide Quarterly 11/1/2022
2022 Annual Report 1/18/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.



Incumbent Frank Mrvan (D) and Jennifer-Ruth Green (R) are running in Indiana’s 1st Congressional District

Incumbent Frank Mrvan (D) and Jennifer-Ruth Green (R) are running in the general election for Indiana’s 1st Congressional District on November 8, 2022. William Powers (Independent) is running as a write-in candidate.

Mrvan was elected to the 1st District in 2020, winning the open seat 57% to 40%. A Democrat has represented the district since 1930. According to The Cook Political Report and FiveThirtyEight, the district’s partisan lean did not change significantly after redistricting. In the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden (D) received 53.6% of the 1st District’s vote to Donald Trump’s (R) 44.8%. According to data from Daily Kos, the redrawn 1st District voted for Biden 53.4% to 45.0%.

Mrvan says he is running for re-election “to continue to address the pandemic health crisis, make investments to grow the Northwest Indiana economy with good-paying jobs, and bridge the division gripping our nation.” He said, “Throughout my career as an elected official, I have listened to all individuals and worked in a bipartisan fashion to bring people together to solve problems. I look forward to continuing to represent our collective interests in Washington, D.C., and bringing back federal resources to enhance the Northwest Indiana economy by supporting existing businesses and attracting new people and good-paying jobs to our region.” Before being elected to Congress, Mrvan served as township trustee for North Township, Indiana, for 15 years.

Green served in the U.S. Air Force for 12 years, after which she joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve and founded a nonprofit STEM education organization. In a campaign ad, Green said, “Our economy is shrinking, costs are surging, and crime is skyrocketing. And career politicians aren’t getting the job done.” In another ad, she said, “I’m a proud conservative. And like you, I’m concerned about skyrocketing gas prices and inflation, liberal efforts to defund the police, and woke madness like indoctrinating our children with critical race theory. … In Congress, I’ll defend the Second Amendment, protect life, and advance President Trump’s America First policies.”

In May 2022, The Times’ Dan Carden wrote, “Northwest Indiana is poised to have its first competitive congressional election in decades.” After Sabato’s Crystal Ball moved the district’s rating from leans Democratic to toss-up in July 2022, managing editor Kyle Kondik wrote, “This working-class, post-industrial northwest Indiana district has seen its Democratic lean erode in the Donald Trump era, even though Biden still carried it by 8 points. But Democrats have been losing ground in these kinds of districts in recent years[.] … This district is covered by the Chicago media market, so the ad wars could get pricey, although it may be that the most competitive race in the Chicago media market is this one, which is taking place across the Illinois border in Indiana.”

Both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) have prioritized this election. The DCCC designated Mrvan as a member of its 2022 Frontline Program, a program providing resources intended to help incumbents hold competitive seats. The NRCC listed Indiana’s First Congressional District as one of its target districts in 2022, and Green qualified for the highest tier of the NRCC’s Young Guns program.

The outcome of this race will affect the partisan balance of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 118th Congress. All 435 districts in the House are up for election. As of September 13, 2022, Democrats hold a 221-212 advantage in the U.S. House with two vacancies. Republicans need to gain a net of six districts to win a majority in the chamber.



All candidates for Marion County, Indiana, County Recorder complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Marion County, Indiana, County Recorder — Faith James Kimbrough (D) and Barcia Alejos (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

According to the Marion County website, the county recorder “maintains permanent public records of property transactions between owners and makes those documents available to the public. Records include deeds, liens, mortgages, easements, certified survey maps, and more.”

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

Kimbrough:               

“As it relates to public policy I am most passionate about gentrification. Gentrification is a highly contested issue. Currently, Gentrification has the power to displace low-income families and prevent those families from moving into previously affordable neighborhoods. As the next Marion County Recorder, I want to make sure all deeds that have been digitized are indexed so residents can easily find their land documents. I want low-income families to have access to their deeds before they are displaced.”

Alejos:           

“As a constitutionally mandated office, the Marion County Recorder is charged with ensuring property rights of the citizens are protected. Our country’s founding fathers understood the importance of private property as a foundational principle in The Constitution, not only to cultivate a society of prosperity but of freedom itself. Therefore by way of common law and state law, the implementation and execution that these fundamental rights be clear and readily available for all citizens is entrusted to the office of County Recorder.”

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All candidates for Marion County, Indiana, County Clerk complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Marion County, Indiana, County Clerk —  Kate Sweeney Bell (D) and Andrew Harrison (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

According to Marion County’s website, the County Clerk “records and files public records, vital records, and court records, including child support payments. The office also receives nominations and petitions for elections, as well as prepares ballots, maintains voting machines, and recruits and trains seasonal poll workers.”

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

Bell:               

“Protecting voting rights and ensuring fair elections.”

Harrison:           

“Bi-partisian partnership building and decision making. Helping others. Ensuring secure elections. Being accessible to Hoosiers.”

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All candidates for Indiana House of Representatives District 62 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Indiana House of Representatives District 62 — Penny Githens (D) and Dave Hall (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Indiana’s state legislature. Indiana is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?    

Githens:       

  • “Public Education: At a time when Indiana is sitting on a record surplus, we should increase teacher pay, provide more support for rural schools, and institute universal pre-K for all 4-year-olds.”
  • “Treatment Options: Many of our homeless neighbors and those in our local jail are suffering from mental illness and/or a substance use disorder. I want to increase treatment options to help keep people employed, keep families together, and save taxpayer money.”
  • “Living Wage: Too many working Hoosiers live in poverty. I support expanding unions and increasing the minimum wage. And I believe tax incentives should be restricted to companies that pay a living wage”

Hall:               

  • “I will protect innocent life.”
  • “I will help strengthen the integrity of our elections by requiring paper ballots be printed to ensure the results of our elections are accurate.”
  • “I will continue to be proactive in helping our communities truly make a positive impact in the lives of those suffering from drug abuse and mental health issues.”      

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All candidates for Indiana State Senate District 14 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Indiana State Senate District 14 — Zach Heimach (D) and Tyler Johnson (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Indiana’s state legislature. Indiana is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?        

Heimach:               

  • “Supporting Education: Backing Teachers and Schools for an Empowered Community”
  • “Responsible Governance: Putting Facts, People and Principle Above Attitudes, Politics and Power”
  • “Expanding Mental Healthcare: Creating More Opportunities for Access to Health and Well-being”

Johnson:           

  • “I am a pro-life physician, not a politician.”
  • “Conservatives should not shy away from standing up for their values.”
  • “Support free market ideas and solutions.”

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Todd Huston spent more than any other Republican House candidate or officeholder in Indiana

Indiana Republican House candidates and officeholders have spent $4.9 million during the 2022 election cycle. Among state representatives and candidates, Todd Huston has spent more than any other Republican.

Huston is the representative for Indiana House District 37 and is running for re-election in 2022. Huston raised $1.0 million and spent $558,182 between Jan. 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. According to Indiana Secretary of State reports, Huston spent the most money with the following individual payees and PACs.

Todd Huston’s Top 10 Payees, (1/1/2021 – 6/30/2022)

Of the $558,182 in reported expenditures, $537,941 went to these 10 payees:

Total Expenditures Name Type
$508,062 House Republican Campaign Committee ENTITY
$10,000 Indiana Republican Party ENTITY
$5,500 Hamilton County Republican Party ENTITY
$2,920 Midwest Communications Group LLC ENTITY
$2,800 The Hawthorns Country Club ENTITY
$2,315 Kathy and Allan B Hubbard ENTITY
$2,000 Lugar Series ENTITY
$1,656 Raise the Money Inc ENTITY
$1,367 Harry and Izzy’s ENTITY
$1,321 Indiana Builders PAC ENTITY

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Indiana PACs submitted to the Indiana Secretary of State. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

See updates to Todd Huston’s campaign finance data after the next reports are available.

Report Name Report Due Date
2022 Jan Semiannual 1/19/2022
2022 Statewide Quarterly/Semiannual 7/15/2022
2022 Pre-Election 10/17/2022
2022 Statewide Quarterly 11/1/2022
2022 Annual Report 1/18/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.