Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg says he won’t run for governor of Indiana again.
In a statement, the former Indiana House Speaker says he has not stopped working since his electoral loss to Mike Pence last November. The Sandborn Democrat says he’s met with party leaders and elected officials and planned on being the Democratic nominee for governor in 2016.
However, now despite what he calls “overwhelming support and encouragement to make another run,” he says he will not seek the nomination, opting instead to focus on his family.
A Democrat has announced plans to run in the 4th Congressional District.
Tara Nelson was the party’s nominee in 2012. She knew that she’d run again, but says recent events pushed up the announcement.
“With the government shutdown and our congressman making the national news regarding putting down a CNN newswoman anchor, and regarding his comments with affordable healthcare being the most insidious law man has ever made – I really feel that our district deserves better representation.”
New Indiana GOP Chair Tim Berry says moving the Republican state convention to Fort Wayne next year will help revitalize the party gathering. It will be the first time an Indiana Republican state convention is held outside of Indianapolis.
Berry says the move will help show off the state’s second largest city while bringing new energy to the convention.
“And it’s going to bring new excitement to our three races next year that we’ll be nominating at the state convention: Connie Lawson, our Secretary of State, along with a candidate for State Auditor and State Treasurer.”
Mayor Wayne Seybold (R-Marion) is the first candidate to officially announce a run for the open Indiana State Treasurer position. With current Treasurer Richard Mourdock stepping down due to term limits, the race in 2014 is wide open.
Seybold is serving his third term as mayor and was a city councilman in Marion prior to 2003. He unsuccessfully ran for Congress in Indiana’s 5th District last year.
Seybold says he will use his experience in city government to connect the State Treasurer’s office to the local level.
Tippecanoe County’s election board counted 132 ballots that weren’t included in the November 6th results.
But, the combination of provisional and absentee ballots did not change any outcome.
Clerk Christa Coffey says the board rejected some of them based on several factors.
“The primary reason a provisional ballot would not have been counted is they weren't a registered voter, or they weren't a registered voter in Tippecanoe County, or there was an I-D issue that they had an out of state drivers license or some other issue," she said.
The transition from Governor Mitch Daniels to Governor-elect Mike Pence is underway as Pence has begun to assemble his transition team.
Daniels says his administration is eager to help make the transition a smooth one, allowing the new one to hit the ground running. Pence began the process by naming his long-time congressional chief of staff Bill Smith head of the transition team.
Pence praised the Daniels team and says his transition will be committed to continuity.
After months of assumption that he’d win the race easily, it came as little surprise Tuesday when Republican Congressman Mike Pence was elected the 50th governor in state history.
Though the race appeared to narrow in recent weeks, Pence’s lead was too much to overcome for Democrat John Gregg. Pence’s platform throughout the campaign was positive, rarely engaging in what were almost constant attacks from Gregg.
Brandt Hershman believes Indiana is moving in the right direction and he thinks that is the reason voters chose him for another term.
"I think it's a reflection that many people feel that, even in an uncertain economy nationwide, that Indiana has largely been on the right track, by limiting our spending and focusing on our core priorities," he said.
The State Senator representing District Seven defeated Democratic challenger Brad Thompson for the seat that includes Jasper, White, Carroll, Tippecanoe, Clinton, and Boone counties.