Sen. Eddie Melton is 3rd Democrat to join Indiana governor’s race with GOP backer

Sen. Eddie Melton (Photo via campaign Facebook page)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Democratic state senator is formally entering the Indiana governor’s race with the state’s Republican schools chief expected by his side.

First-term Sen. Eddie Melton of Gary tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times that he’s joining the 2020 race because most people feel that the Republican-led state government isn’t focused on issues like increased education funding and health care access that matter the most.

Melton has a Tuesday evening announcement event set in Gary. He’ll be the third Democrat seeking the party’s nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Melton’s campaign says Republican state schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick will join in the announcement. McCormick drew the ire of top Republicans when she joined Melton at several public meetings over the summer as he considered entering the governor’s race.

Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued a statement following Melton’s announcement.

“Senator Eddie Melton joins a diverse and talented field for our Party’s nomination and I’m excited about the competition of ideas that will occur as the process plays out. Our Party continues to fight for working families and to raise educators’ pay. With health care costs spiraling out of control and the cost of living on the rise, do-nothing governor Eric Holcomb spent three years with his hands in his pockets. You’re more likely to accurately predict Indiana weather than identify a single notable Holcomb accomplishment. Hoosiers can’t afford another four years of a governor who is unwilling or unable to take on the real challenges facing working families.”

From the 2021 NBA All-Star press conference, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said:

“We are going to continue to enact good policy. we’ll see how they do in their intramural competition. they have a long way to go until next May.”

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