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Gubernatorial candidate coming

by Rob Burgess - rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com

The only currently announced Democratic candidate for governor will visit Wabash County later this month.

The Wabash County Democratic Party will be hosting Dr. Woody Myers at their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 in the boardroom of the Honeywell Center, according to a Thursday statement to the Plain Dealer from Chad Harris, Wabash County Democratic Party chairman.

Myers is currently the only announced Democratic candidate to challenge incumbent Republican Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, who announced his re-election campaign July 13.

“It’s exciting to see Dr. Myers formally enter the race and we’ll continue to let the process play out as other Hoosier Democrats consider joining the field for governor. We know Eric Holcomb is a special interest’s best friend and isn’t working for Hoosier families. Empty promises like failing to raise teacher pay, lower the cost of health care, or clean up state government, expose Holcomb for what he is: a do-nothing governor,” stated Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody on July 10 after Myers first announced his candidacy.

The same day, Indiana Republican Party spokesperson Pete Seat released his own statement on Myers’ announcement.

“Coming off of back-to-back years of record job commitments, $1 billion in new investment in K-12 education and the only fully-funded infrastructure program in the country, Indiana is on a roll. On the ground, Hoosiers see that Governor Holcomb is positively impacting lives every day. It may be hard to see from his $4.5 million penthouse in the Conrad, but it’s what Woody will find as he travels across Indiana,” stated Seat.

Other Democrats considering runs

Though Myers is the only Democrat to officially throw their hat into the ring, others in his party have considered running, as well.

Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary, announced in June he was thinking about a run for governor.

“As Eddie Melton explores a potential campaign for governor he will keep hearing the same refrain: Governor Eric Holcomb is one of the nation’s most popular governors,” stated Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer on June 4. “That’s because Governor Holcomb is delivering real results for Hoosiers in every corner of the state, including, as Senator Melton knows well, in his own hometown of Gary. No town, city, county or region of Indiana is forgotten as Governor Holcomb leads Indiana to record job commitments, record infrastructure investments and new opportunities for all Hoosiers to build their skills and their careers. It’s happening everywhere, and Governor Holcomb is leading the charge.”

Meanwhile, in August, Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, announced she would not run.

“Rep. Macer is a tremendous leader in our party. I have always enjoyed working with her in the legislature and have further enjoyed getting to know her better as we have traveled the state this summer. As a member of the Democratic Party, I look forward to continuing to work with Rep. Macer as we fight to improve the lives of Hoosier families,” stated Melton on Aug. 13.

The filing deadline is Feb. 7, 2020. The primary election is May 5, 2020. The general election is Nov. 3, 2020.