State Candidates

State Auditor

Joselyn Whitticker

Joselyn Whiticker is running for state auditor because Hoosier taxpayers deserve a real watchdog advocate. Currently, one political party controls every aspect of state government in Indiana, and that dominance has led to a lack of accountability for far too long. It is past time for some checks and balances on the one-party rule in executive level government positions.

  • Protect Hoosier taxpayers
  • Accountability, transparency, integrity
  • Restore public trust in government

Secretary of State

Jim Harper

Jim Harper is opposed to political gerrymandering. As secretary of state, he will lead the charge to enact an independent redistricting commission because voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around.

Jim will ensure that our election system is secure by instituting common-sense protections like a paper trail for every ballot. He is also committed to improving Indiana’s low voter turnout rate.

Jim supports innovative efforts to support small business owners, particularly those who are opening a business for the first time.

Jim is an attorney with experience in private practice and as a federal law clerk. He graduated with highest honors from Indiana University and received his law degree, with high honors, from Georgetown University.  He is a board member of the Veterans Legal Advocacy Group and Hilltop House, a Valparaiso non-profit that provides early childhood education and other services to Porter County families.

  • End political gerrymandering
  • Protect voting rights
  • Support small businesses

State Treasurer

John Aguilera
East Chicago
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John Aguilera will bring a systems and financial background that emphasizes transparency, inclusion and diversity to the numerous boards and funds that the state treasurer oversees. John is a former four-term Indiana State Representative, two-term county councilman, a small business owner and former president/CEO of the Indiana Latino Institute.

  • Veteran military police officer
  • Fights for public employees
  • Common sense approach to state pensions

State Senate District 41
(representing portions of Johnson and Bartholomew counties)
Ross Thomas*

Ross Thomas is a first-time candidate for public office and got into this race to be a voice for working people, to strongly support public education and to fight to break the grip of big money and special interests at the Indiana Statehouse.  He is running for the Indiana State Senate in District 41.

He believes that the role of the Indiana State Senate should be to ensure fairness, equality and respect for all Hoosiers; to make public education our #1 priority; to preserve and protect the environment; and to always be working to improve the quality of life for ALL Hoosiers.

Ross grew up on a farm in Jennings County, where he attended public schools and graduated from Jennings County High School in 1988. After high school he attended Tulane University in New Orleans, earning a degree in political economy in 1992. He came home to attend the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, receiving his law degree in 1994. After passing the bar in 1995, he has practiced law in Indiana, maintaining his own law practice in Indianapolis.

Ross lives in Columbus with his wife America and their three children, Joe, Henry and Claudia. He is president of the Columbus Babe Ruth Baseball board of directors and is a long-time youth baseball coach. He is a member of Bartholomew County Indivisible and supports multiple civic groups and activities in his community.

*Photo by Mark Freeland

State Representative District 47
(representing precincts Blue River 1-5, Franklin 1-20, Needham 1-5, Pleasant 34, Union 1-3, White River 3, 4, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 21, 22, 28, 34, 35, 38, 39, 41, 43)
Susan Diagana* (pronounced jag-an-awe)
Susan Diagana

As a family nurse practitioner working with her physician father in southwest Indianapolis, Susan Diagana works with Hoosiers every day who are struggling with their health, their housing and their access to social services. Susan seeks the District 47 State House seat because the state legislature is not addressing those issues that affect families and their well-being. One of her biggest concerns is the state’s growing opioid epidemic and increasing overdose rates.

Susan has a history of community service, having served in the Peace Corps in West Africa, where she met her ex-husband. They have a daughter who is a student in Center Grove schools. She is a graduate of Decatur Central High School and Purdue University (BA) and Emory University (BSN, FNP).

*Photo by Mark Freeland

State Representative District 58
(representing precincts Clark 1-3, Pleasant 1-33, 35-49, White River 5, 11, 19, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30, 31, 37)
Cindy Reinert

Cindy Reinert is running for the Indiana State House of Representatives, District 58, because years of “safe seats” and single-party domination have brought laziness and inefficiency to the state legislature. Indiana scores below average in overall well-being, health, infrastructure, education and equality. She is ready to restore balance and to focus on the needs of all Hoosiers. It is time to move Indiana forward!

Cindy’s life and educational experiences have shaped her to work hard, value family, respect middle class values, understand middle class struggles and serve others.

She attended local public schools, graduating from Perry Meridian High School. While juggling work and family, she put herself through college, graduating with honors with a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology. She then graduated from law school.

Specializing in family law and mediation. Cindy practiced law in her own firm until she purchased a small hotel in the Caribbean, which she operated for 10 years.

Family pulled her back home in 2015.  Her life is currently centered on her daughter (whom she raised as a single mom), son-in-law, two grandchildren, a three-year-old great-grandson and her 88-year-old father.

State Representative District 65
(representing precincts Hensley 2, Nineveh 1-3)
Jared Stancombe

Jared Stancombe is running for Indiana State Representative, District 65 because he wants to see responsible and effective leadership that is up to the task of meeting the challenges Hoosiers face in our communities. Jared brings a much-needed young, innovative and results-oriented perspective on issues important to Hoosiers.

Jared believes that we need to protect our public schools by ending the voucher program. Additionally, he believes that we need to work to create jobs in high-growth industries, such as renewable energy, information technology and advanced manufacturing. He also believes we need to face the opioid epidemic together.

He comes from a long line of union laborers who worked at General Motors in Bedford. He was born and raised in the small town of Heltonville, Ind., and graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School in 2005. Graduating with honors from Indiana University in 2009, he is now a graduate student there, studying cybersecurity risk management.

Jared is also a former analyst with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he worked with the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). He also served in AmeriCorps. After his stint with the federal government, he co-taught eighth grade math and spent two years abroad worTWLogoking in public health in Africa and India. More recently, he was a part of a team that provided life-saving HIV medications to people in Rwanda.

Jared is currently on the board of directors for the United Way of South Central Indiana, an advocate for Indiana Recovery Alliance and a supporter of Celebrate Recovery at Bedford Free Methodist Church.

State Representative District 93
(representing precincts White River 1, 2, 6, 7, 10, 14, 16, 17, 18, 24, 26, 29, 32, 33, 36, 40, 41)
Greg Rathnow

Indianapolis’ Southside has experienced exponential growth during the last 15 to 20 years; however, over that same time the Southside’s influence in the legislature has diminished. It has been left behind as a district. Its infrastructure hasn’t kept up with its growth, and its roads are crumbling. Many neighborhoods lack basic quality of life amenities, such as sidewalks, street lights, adequate storm drainage and easy access to biking and walking trails.

Greg Rathnow is running for Indiana State House in District 93 to be a champion for the Southside. He will work to ensure the Southside’s tax dollars stay here to adequately deal with issues facing its neighborhoods. Likewise, he’s concerned that the middle class has not been sufficiently represented in the Statehouse. He pledges to be a strong voice for the hard-working Hoosiers who deserve the highest quality of life.

Greg has spent his 15-year career in higher education working to increase access and helping people reach their full potential by earning a college degree. He’s passionate about working with people and connecting them with the resources necessary to help them provide for their families.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in political science from Saint Joseph’s College.

Greg is involved in his community as a member of the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club, the Perry Township Democratic Club and the Southside Democratic Club. He is also a precinct committeeman and a ward chair.