I’ve been so focused on West Lafayette school board stuff, that I’ve neglected to follow up on the state’s Secretary of State race. As I’ve said before, you should absolutely vote for Destiny Wells and against Diego Morales. This is not primarily a partisan thing. You’ll notice any number of D v. R races where I’m not going out of my way to publicize a particular opinion. I know plenty of Republicans who think that Morales will particularly be bad for this position. James Briggs, writing for the Indianapolis Star, has a column noting the rumors and the evidence that Morales — running for the top election spot — did not actually live in the district where he was running in 2018.
This struck me because it touched on a running joke in my family. Back in 2018, the kids were on YouTube pretty actively. They were getting absolutely hammered with Fourth District primary campaign ads. Someone who opposed Morales was running ads pretty heavily on that platform such that my kids started joking about it. “Dishonest Diego Morales: He Doesn’t Even Live in Our District.” So, the “doesn’t even live in our district” tagline somehow worked itself into our family’s catalogue of inside jokes. When he became the Republican nominee, I sent a news article to our family group text. The response was immediate.
Basically what Briggs notes is that Morales was running in the primary for the Fourth District which does not include Marion County where he was taking his homestead deduction. Per Briggs column:
Morales’ record suggests he committed a Level 6 felony by voting in a precinct where he did not live, said Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, an Indiana University law professor who specializes in election issues and provided analysis for me based on available information.
Morales’ version is that he lived in a condo in Plainfield rather than the 4,000 square foot home in Marion County that he and his wife owned. The column is worth a read. Regardless of that, Destiny Wells is the better choice.