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It's the second time in a row that an opening for a state executive office has been filled by a Hendricks County Republican. Governor Mitch Daniels appointed former State Representative Connie Lawson to the Secretary of State's job in early 2012. Sawyer was chosen after Pence took his old sweet time finding a replacement for Tim Berry, who will resign to become the Chairman of the Indiana Republican Party.
Sawyer's campaign page for Brownsburg Town Council says that the 43-year-old is a software engineer with a company called Positron. He is a Purdue graduate and is married with three children.
It's unknown whether or not Sawyer will seek the office on his own in 2014. I guess we'll find that out tomorrow if Jim Shella is correct and Sawyer is indeed going to become the Auditor of State.
If he does become the Auditor, Sawyer will be the first state-level African-American executive officeholder since Karen Freeman-Wilson, now the Mayor of Gary, was the state's Attorney General.
Tim Berry resigned today. Kirke Willing is now Interim Auditor. Why didn't Berry just resign a few weeks ago? WEIRD!