INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb introduced his running mate Monday in the race for the governor’s office.
Holcomb announced Friday that he asked State Auditor Suzanne Crouch to run on his ticket. Holcomb and his team welcomed Crouch to the ticket Monday morning during a news conference. The Indiana Republican State Committee confirmed Crouch as Holcomb’s running mate during a vote Monday morning.
The Republican Party chose Holcomb to replace Gov. Mike Pence on the ticket after Pence accepted the nomination as Donald Trump’s running mate in the presidential race. The decision meant Pence couldn’t run for reelection as governor.
Crouch has served as state auditor since January 2014. She has previously served as a state representative, Vanderburgh county commissioner and Vanderburgh county auditor. She was born in Evansville and graduated from Purdue University.
Holcomb thanked the committee for confirming Crouch’s selection. He said she “brings it all” and is “well liked and respected” across the state.
“Most importantly, there is no doubt in my mind that she could assume the duties of governor if called upon,” Holcomb said. “She understands the importance of local government and she puts a premium on it. I like that.”
Holcomb said he and Crouch are prepared to keep Indiana growing and will continue to balance the budget.
“The Holcomb-Crouch ticket is prepared to move Indiana forward and to the next level,” Holcomb said.
Crouch thanked Holcomb for the opportunity and expressed her gratitude to the committee for confirming her selection as candidate for lieutenant governor.
Crouch said her parents raised her to believe that hard work paid off. She’s served in four different positions in local and state government, and said she’ll take what she learned in those positions and apply it to the executive branch.
“As Hoosiers, we must challenge and dare ourselves to build a better tomorrow for our children and grandchildren,” she said. “I understand local government, I’ve walked in those shoes, and I know how important sound fiscal management is to the success of all of us.”
Crouch said she visited all 92 Indiana counties last year and talked to government officials at all levels.
“The Holcomb-Crouch ticket is going to be about creating jobs, balancing budgets, cutting taxes, investing in education and infrastructure, and creating those opportunities that move Indiana forward for future generations,” Crouch said.
Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) President Matt Walter issued the following statement on behalf of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA):
“We are thrilled to congratulate Suzanne Crouch on securing the Republican nomination to become Indiana’s next lieutenant governor. The Hoosier State has a tremendous friend and ally in Suzanne Crouch as a former state legislator and as the current state auditor, committed to overseeing the fiscal and economic well-being of her state. As a state’s second-in-command, lieutenant governors play a tremendous role in shaping that state’s economic future. Voters have seen the level of commitment with which Republicans view this important office and have elected a record 32 out of 45 Republican lieutenant governors around the country as a result – including eight women lieutenant governors to Democrats’ four. Auditor Crouch is already a proven, qualified leader committed to putting the needs of Indiana first. She will be a valuable partner to Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb, and we look forward to both of their victories this November.”
John Zody, Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party, released this statement:
“The Indiana Republican Party had their chance to turn the page on Mike Pence and his ideological agenda, but instead, they chose to go ‘all in’ with the governor’s failed record by placing Eric Holcomb and Suzanne Crouch at the top of the ticket. Both Holcomb and Crouch were handpicked by Mike Pence for their current positions, and both were witness to Mike Pence’s out-of-touch record. They chose to remain silent while Indiana’s economy and reputations were placed in jeopardy. The Republican Party reaffirmed their support for this failed economic agenda – one which Hoosiers were already planning to dismiss this November. The names on the ballot may have changed, but sadly Holcomb and Crouch are just more of the same.”