Fort Wayne City Clerk Lana Keesling announced Sept. 7 that she is seeking the Republican nomination for Indiana state treasurer in 2022.
Keesling was elected city clerk in 2015 and was reelected in 2019. She was elected to turn around a city clerk’s office mired in scandal after the previous clerk resigned after 32 years after undercover video appeared to show her doing election-related activities in the office during work time.
Since taking office, Keesling has turned the finances of the department around while standing up to intimidation efforts by Democratic city officials, according to a campaign news release. In 2018, local media reported that Keesling accused Mayor Tom Henry of retaliation after her office ticketed his city-issued vehicle.
Before her election as city clerk, Lana Keesling was the chief financial officer of a large company managing finance, information technology and human resources. Prior to that, she was a small-business owner for 10 years. She holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree, making her the most qualified candidate in the race for treasurer, according to her campaign news release.
“We don’t need big government solutions to improve the lives of Hoosiers,” Keesling said in the announcement. “We need qualified, conservative checks on politicians to do the work and connect people to opportunity.”
Keesling is a proud conservative who is vice chair of the Allen County Republican Party, past president of the Allen County Republican Women’s Group and a member of the Downtown GOP Club. She was endorsed by Right to Life of Northeast Indiana in her two campaigns for city clerk. Keesling is also a graduate of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service program.
“Lana’s credentials for State Treasurer are impeccable,” Allen County Republican Party Chairman Steve Shine said in the announcement. “She is a solid conservative Republican, who is a proven vote-getter, as indicated by her convincing wins in a major metropolitan area often thought to lean Democrat. She is loyal to our party and taxpayers.”
Keesling has balanced her office budget without tax increases and helped increase city revenue by enforcing the law, not through tax increases. She also undertook an effort to invest in nonprofit community organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic by using retired parking meters to collect donations for nonprofits, according to the news release.
Keesling and her husband, Robert Ketcham, enjoy time at the lake with their seven children and 10 grandchildren. To learn more about Keesling and her campaign, visit www.lanakeesling.com.