Lifelong Newton County, IN resident Kyle Conrad will be a Republican candidate for Indiana Secretary of State in 2022. In making his announcement, Conrad said he's jumping into the race to offer delegates at the Republican State Convention next summer an alternative candidate with election and administrative experience to oversee the vital duties of the Secretary of State Office.
"Now is not the time to learn as we go," Conrad said in a press release. "I've heard from all four corners of the state, from county chairs and clerks to election board members about how much experience matters when it comes to elections and the Secretary of State."
Conrad and his wife, Gail, reside in Brook and have four children. He's a licensed insurance agent and owner of insurance agencies in Newton, Benton, Jasper and Pulaski counties. He's also a 39-year member of the Brook Volunteer Fire department, having served as chief since 1999.
Conrad's experience is in reference to his 30-years of election administration experience. He served as Newton County Circuit Court Clerk for 10 years from 1991 to 2000. He was recognized by the Association of Indiana Counties (1995) and the Association of Clerks of the Circuit Courts of Indiana (2000) as outstanding clerk.
For 12 years, Conrad worked as an account manager for Government Business Systems, an election service and equipment provider in Indiana. He was involved in programming, testing, training and certification of voting equipment. He also maintained experience in several recount commissions over the years.
First elected in 2012, Conrad is in his third term as a Newton County Commissioner and is currently Commission President. He's been active in the Republican party chairman for 17 years and District Vice-Chairman for five years.