By MAUREEN HAYDEN
CNHI Statehouse Bureau
INDIANAPOLIS – At 4 feet, 11 inches tall, Democratic candidate Beth White may
be height-challenged but wants voters to know that she doesn’t suffer from a
shortage of humor. In a campaign ad, one of the first launched in this lackluster election year,
the two-term Marion County clerk makes fun of her physical stature as she
pledges to create shorter waiting times for voters if elected secretary of state. “Sometimes shorter is better,” she says as she’s seen walking under a
low-hanging tree branch that smacks a taller passerby in the face. White must make a big leap to
win an office held by a candidate who is better known and better funded.
Republican Connie Lawson, a former Hendricks County clerk and state senator,
was appointed to the post in 2012 after her predecessor was convicted of felony
voter fraud. To become the state’s chief elections officer, both women are counting on years
of experience in political office and the loyalty of party voters.