Democrat Destiny Wells to run for Indiana attorney general

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Destiny Wells at a Secretary of State candidates forum in September 2022. (IBJ photo/Mickey Shuey)

Destiny Wells, who was seen as the Indiana Democratic Party’s best chance at taking statewide office in 2022, will run for attorney general in 2024.

Her long-rumored run became official Monday when Wells, 39, announced she would seek the Democratic nomination in the 2024 primary election. If successful, she would face Attorney General Todd Rokita, a Republican, in the general election.

The announcement comes just a few weeks after the Indiana Supreme Court publicly reprimanded Rokita for comments he made about Dr. Caitlin Bernard, the OB-GYN at the center of a controversy over abortion in Indiana.

“We are passionate about taking the office from what has become a status quo that is just not acceptable to Hoosiers, and we want to make sure that the office is serving individual Hoosiers,” Wells told reporters Monday.

Wells, who is also deputy chair of the Indiana Democratic Party, said her campaign would focus on protecting medical privacy, supporting workers rights and returning “ethical standards” to the attorney general’s office.

Anne Hathaway, chair of the Indiana Republican Party, released a statement in which she accused Wells of using her position in the Indiana Democratic Party to push President Joe Biden’s agenda.

“After being overwhelmingly rejected by Hoosier voters in her bid for Secretary of State in 2022, Democrat Destiny Wells is now running for the next available statewide office, Attorney General,” the statement read. “Time and again, Democrat Destiny Wells has used her leadership position in the Indiana Democrat Party to try and push the radical Joe Biden agenda across the state. Indiana Republicans are looking forward to a robust campaign in which we will continue to support the rule of law and the Indiana Constitution.”

This is Wells’ second run for statewide office.

As a candidate for secretary of state in 2022, Wells advocated for removing restrictions on absentee mail-in voting and criticized her Republican opponent, Diego Morales, who faced accusations of sexual misconduct, voter fraud and improper campaign spending during his campaign.

Despite the allegations, Morales ended up winning comfortably with 54% of the vote to Wells’ 40%. Libertarian candidate Jeff Maurer earned 6 percent of Hoosier votes.

A native of Martinsville, Wells was the first in her family to attend college. She graduated with a degree in political science from Indiana University before joining the Indiana National Guard.

After earning her law degree from the University of Texas, she briefly practiced law in her hometown of Martinsville and founded a legal tech startup before getting deployed to Afghanistan in 2016, an experience that helped her earn the rank of U.S. Army Reserve lieutenant colonel.

Upon her return to Indiana, Wells began volunteering for Democratic campaigns and using her law bona fides to earn stints as associate corporation counsel for the city of Indianapolis and Marion County and deputy attorney general for Indiana under Curtis Hill.

Rokita, a former Indiana congressman, took the GOP nomination at the 2020 Republican convention from Curtis Hill, who was dogged by accusations of sexual misconduct. He went on to defeat Democrat Jonathan Weinzapfel, former mayor of Evansville, by 17 points.

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10 thoughts on “Democrat Destiny Wells to run for Indiana attorney general

  1. Would be far better than Rokita (then again, so is just about any other candidate), and, just like Jennifer McCormick, I’m voting for her knowing she’s going to lose by at least 15 points.

    1. Our sad reality. I had a sign for her in my yard in her last race and will proudly again this time hoping enough people realize how embarrassing and useless Rokita is for the state.

    1. “at least he’s not a Democrat”. Regardless of how dangerous a candidate is to our democracy, I see tribalism is alive and still not well in our State.

    2. Glenda Ritz spent 4 years finding out Indiana Republicans had constructed a system in which her office was largely a figurehead, something confirmed by Jennifer McCormick who quit rather than go along with it.

      Joe Donnelly? Remind me what he did that was embarrassing other than those campaign videos at the end when it was clear he was going to lose. His six years were a fair bit less embarrassing than the six years of Mike Braun … Donnelly was an upgrade over both Braun and Richard Mourdock, for sure.

      I’d agree that Pat Bauer was pretty embarrassing for sure … up there screaming “no” to everything Mitch Daniels proposed, light on the alternatives. But that was a very long time ago.

  2. No Corporate HR sept. would hire Diego Morales over Destiny Wells for any position . Yet The Republicans did showing just how low they have gone.
    The Governor hired a minder to keep a lid on Diego Morales so far that is working except Morales handed out big bonuses to Secretary of State staff for covering up his ineptness .

  3. What precisely are Destiny Wells’ accomplishments? I looked at her LinkedIn and it is mostly roles that last +/- one year, apart from her service in the reserves. I’ve googled for her bio and never found any page that suggests impressive accomplishments.

    Five months as associate corporation counsel for Indy, 13 mos at deputy attorney general (of which there are many with this title), eight months as “founder” of eLawyering, eleven months in “private practice” in law. She’s been working for the Democratic party since losing her Secretary of State bid.

    Where is the real track record of accomplishment? The bouncing from job to job wold be the proverbial red flag for most people.

    1. You’d also think getting fired twice from minor positions in the same office you’re trying to run would be a proverbial red flag to most people, but apparently these sorts of things don’t matter any more to most people. Which explains why you can then hence walk into the office and create a job with nebulous responsibilities for your brother-in-law that pays better than the mayor of Indianapolis…

      Wells’ campaign will go just about as well as Jefferson Shreve’s recent mayoral campaign, with the same expected results.