Ritz Makes Bid for Governor Official

A familiar face will enter the 2016 race for Indiana governor. After many weeks of speculation, Glenda Ritz, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, officially announced her plans to run for the state’s top leader. She made a subtle announcement on Wednesday in a letter to Indy Pride, but formally announced the decision Thursday.

Shortly after making her announcement official, Glenda Ritz hit the campaign trail, which brought her right to the Wabash Valley.

Glenda Ritz has been an educator for 34 years, so it’s safe to say that her strong suit is with the education system. But she says she’s not one-dimensional and knows what the state needs, and a few of her supporters think she’s the change that Indiana deserves.

The announcement is now official. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz will throw her hat in the ring for governor.

“There’s a great frustration working at the state house with a leader who doesn’t really take the action to move forward, especially with the economy,” Ritz said. “There’s a direct connection with the education and the economy. I’ve done my thinking so here I am.”

The crowd of nearly 100 people greeted Glenda Ritz at the Vigo County Public Library Thursday with cheers, smiles, and signs of support. They agree when it comes to the relationship between schools and the economy.

“Education and economics are linked together,” Terre Haute resident, Brandon Reed said. “Without a good educational foundation in our state, we can’t hope to attract any good jobs or any good employers. I have a 10-year old son and i want him to have the best education that he could possibly get in Indiana.”

While Ritz’s expertise lies in education, she’s spent a great deal of time around the political beast over the years, working and lobbying with legislatures. Her supporters have noticed.

“She’s shown that she’s interested in jobs and economic revival, and in community revitalization. These are all important things. Investing in infrastructure and people instead of corporations,” explained Allison Duerk, a LaOtto native.

Whether she has great knowledge in education or the economy, the democrat feels that there’s one important quality that Hoosiers should look for when voting.

“Being the governor to me is all about leadership. Does the leader have the right, what it takes to make sure action is going to happen? I feel that I’m the leader that can do that, I’m the candidate that can beat mike pence and that’s where I’m headed,” Ritz added.

Brandon Reed feels Ritz will have no problem bringing that to the governor’s mansion.

“She’s proven herself to be a good leader in the education field and i think that will transfer over in the governship as well.”

Ritz also went in-depth on the needs of the economy, saying there’s a need to raise the state’s per-capita income. Hoosiers are 38th in the nation in that category and she feels that desperately needs improvement.

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