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DESTINY WELLS

I'm running for Secretary of State in Indiana because I've dedicated my life to fighting for freedom and democracy. As a Lt. Colonel in Military Intelligence, I teach soldiers about the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution at the U.S. Army Command and the General Staff College. As an attorney, I've been Associate Corporation Counsel for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County, and Deputy Attorney General for the State of Indiana. As a regular citizen, I started a business and became an entrepreneur.

It's time to make sure all Hoosiers have access to the freedom to vote and have all of our votes count and the opportunity to create and run a business, and have that business thrive.

MY BACKGROUND AND FAMILY

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I grew up in a blue collar farming family in Morgan County, where I learned the importance of the values that small-town Hoosiers hold dear: family, freedom, and progress. I am the daughter of eight generations of farmers, whose love for working the land has stayed true even through hardship.

I left home for the first time to attend Indiana University. After the 9/11 attack on our country, I learned about the conflicts the US was engaged in. I soon decided to enlist in the Army National Guard. I became a 19 year old truck driver. In the military, I found what many of us are looking for: a steady pay check, health care, a path toward retirement, and the ability to serve my country and my community.

Almost 19 years later, I am a U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, and I continue to serve. During this time I also became a lawyer and an entrepreneur.

I'm running for Indiana Secretary of State to safeguard democracy and the freedom to vote right here at home. I have worked at all levels of government—local, state, federal, and the multi-national level with NATO. As an attorney, I've been Associate Corporation Counsel for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County, and Deputy Attorney General for the State of Indiana. And as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, I have seen first hand the state of democracy at every level, and across the world.

 

I also serve as a fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and am Deputy Chair for Coalitions and Expansion for the Indiana Democratic Party.

 

In the service I met my husband, Oliver, a military intelligence Lieutenant Colonel in the Indiana Army National Guard. We are raising two sons, Owen (10) and Harrison (2), in downtown Indy.

 

And even though we're now city-dwellers, we’re never too far from both our families’ farms. Oliver’s family farm is in Rochester, and mine is in Martinsville.