INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 28, 2016) – The superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools will run for the state’s top education post, challenging current Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.
Jennifer McCormick made the announcement Thursday at the Indiana Statehouse. She’ll run as a Republican, going up against Ritz, a Democrat. McCormick is the first Republican to formally launch a campaign against Ritz for the next election.
Ritz has clashed repeatedly with Gov. Mike Pence and Republican lawmakers over education policy since taking office in 2013.
McCormick said she’s served at every level of public education in Indiana, starting as a special education teacher and middle school language arts teacher. She served as principal of Yorktown Elementary School before becoming assistant superintendent and, eventually, superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools.
McCormick will hold a series of events across the state, making stops in Jeffersonville, Evansville, South Bend and Fort Wayne over the next two days. She also plans to visit Terre Haute, Lafayette and Munster.