VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Former Indiana State Schools Superintendent, Jennifer McCormick, stopped in Terre Haute on Thursday after she launched her 20-24 campaign for governor.

The 53-year-old is from New Castle and was a special education and language arts teacher before becoming an elementary school principal and then heading into politics.

McCormick stopped at Terre Haute Foods Cooperative Market on Lafayette Ave. this afternoon to touch on several topics including healthcare public safety and the importance of high-quality education.

“It’s time we have a champion for the high-quality education system, that means childcare, universal PreK, K-12, and post-high school training education skill development.

“I believe in the power of education and I believe in the power of kids, that is what drove me then to become a principal, a superintendent, and then the 44th state superintendent of public instruction,” McCormick said.

McCormick is the only publicly active Democratic candidate for the 20-24 race to replace Governor Eric Holcomb, who is unable to seek re-election due to term limits.