Search is on for new State Auditor

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The search for a new State Auditor begins next week.

Tim Berry will give up the office if, as expected, he is elected State GOP Chairman on July 22nd. 

Shortly thereafter Mike Pence will name a new Auditor to finish out the remainder of his term.

The governor spent part of his 4th of July walking in the Carmelfest parade. 

He also spent part of it talking about how he plans a deliberate search for a new state Auditor. 

"There are a number of men and women that have expressed an interest in that position," said Pence.  "I look forward to sitting down with them."

They include Hamilton County activist Cecilia Coble and Mike McQuillen, the minority leader on the City County Council.

State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) created a fundraising committee Wednesday with plans to seek the nomination for Auditor in 2014. 

But now instead of campaigning before delegates to a state convention Saunders says he's playing to, "One guy, yeah, it'll be the governor's choice.  It's his decision to make."

And that decision likely excludes Richard Mourdock, who is among those testing the waters. 

As State Treasurer, Mourdock already holds a state office.

Pence, meantime, is not limiting his search.  "I expect there's gonna be a few more names that come up," he says.

The idea is to make sure Tim Berry's replacement will run for election in 2014 as an incumbent.

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