Noblesville state rep since 1992 not seeking re-election

State Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson, R-Noblesville
The Times

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (The Times) - State Rep. Kathy Richardson, R-Noblesville, will not seek re-election to the Indiana General Assembly.

She instead plans to run for Hamilton County Clerk in 2018.

"I have been honored and humbled to serve the communities I love in the 29th district," Richardson said. "We have accomplished a great deal that has established Indiana as the envy of many other states."

During her time in the Statehouse, Richardson partnered with Govs. Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence and Eric Holcomb on budgets, taxes and economic development.

Richardson also served as an elected member of the House Republican Leadership since 2000 - the first woman to serve in an elected Caucus Leadership role in Indiana history.

"Serving as a member of Leadership gave me the opportunity to be at the table when major decisions about our state were considered and have a big influence on legislation,” Richardson said.

Incumbent Hamilton County Clerk Tammy Baitz’s announced her decision not to seek re-election earlier last week.

"Clerk Tammy Baitz’s decision not to seek re-election allowed me to assess running for Hamilton County Clerk in 2018. The election process has received a great deal of attention at the federal level, and I anticipate many changes will be coming very soon at the local level. I believe Hamilton County could benefit from my experience with election law and procedures and so I have taken the decision to offer my service to our citizens as County Clerk," Richardson said.

Richardson is a prominent member of the House Elections Committee, serves as election administrator in the Hamilton County Clerk's Office and supervises all of Hamilton County's elections.

If elected, Richardson said she would continue her work implementing electronic poll books, extending early voting and exploring the adoption of vote centers.