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The private worries of many Indiana Democrats about the 2016 governor’s race are beginning to become public.

For weeks, party insiders have worried on social media and in whispers to confidants that the party doesn’t have a good enough candidate to win the state’s top office next year.

Now, former state lawmaker and congressional candidate Dave Crooks says the latest entrant into the race should bow out.

Crooks says he thinks Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz is too liberal to win next year’s gubernatorial contest.

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Education became a much bigger part of the 2016 race for Indiana governor Thursday as State Superintendent Glenda Ritz is throwing her hat into the ring.

The announcement has excited many of those who supported Ritz in her 2012 run for the state’s schools chief  – but others say the former librarian and first-term executive official is stepping outside her wheelhouse.

StateImpact Indiana’s Rachel Morello spoke with Indiana statehouse reporter Brandon Smith about how the lifelong educator can translate her experience into a campaign.

Indiana Department of Education / http://www.doe.in.gov/

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s expected entry this week into next year’s gubernatorial race means at least three Democrats would seek the nomination for governor next year.

Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, says a competitive Democratic primary for governor could be an advantage for Governor Mike Pence or those who challenge him.

Elle Moxley / indianapublicmedia.org/stateimpact

State superintendent Glenda Ritz announced at the end of this year’s legislative session she might consider a run for governor.

It’s looking like that announcement might be coming soon.

After a legislative session full of education bills, including a bill that originally aimed to remove Ritz from her role as chair of the State Board of Education, Ritz expressed frustration with Governor Pence and said she might run for his office to make the education changes she wants.

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Portage Senator Karen Tallian is expected to enter the race for governor this week, giving Democrats a contested primary for the second time in three elections for the office.

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