Former QC Man Runs for Indiana Treasurer

May  27, 2014

      A former treacher and state legislator from the Illinois Quad Cities will run for state wide office in Indiana. Over the weekend, the Democratic party in Indiana announced Mike Boland will be its nominee for state treasurer.

      Formerly of East Moline, Mike Boland now calls himself a "Hoosier by choice." He moved to Fishers to be near his grand-children in 20-12, two years after ending a 16-year career in the Illinois House, and an un-successful bid for lieutenant governor.

      Boland says his family gives him roots in what he says is "a beautiful state." And he wants to move Indiana forward, in contrast to office-holders he charges have sought to do the opposite. He singles out incumbent Republican treasurer Richard Mourdock for his un-successful bid to block the fast-tracked bankruptcy of Chrysler.  Boland says he'd seek to use the state treasurer's office in non-traditional ways beyond managing the state's investments, such as recommending ways to trim government spending to free up money for other priorities. 

      The Indiana Democratic Party introduced Boland just 30 minutes before the deadline to find a candidate. And he'll be formally nominated at next week's party convention, along with secretary of state candidate Beth White and state auditor candidate Mike Claytor.