Gregg To Announce Running Mate Before Dems' Convention

May 23, 2016

Gregg ran in 2012 with former State Sen. Vi Simpson (D-Bloomington).
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Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Gregg plans to announce his running mate next month, about a week before the party's state convention.

Gregg isn't saying how many potential lieutenant governors he's considering, but says he's looking for someone who shares his vision on the economy and education.

But he says the criteria are slightly different from his first run four years ago -- he says he's also looking for someone who can help win over the centrist Republicans he's betting are dissatisfied with Governor Mike Pence.

Both parties have nominated a woman for lieutenant governor in every election since 2004.

Republicans will break that streak this year with Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb, who replaced Sue Ellspermann after her resignation in March.

Gregg says Pence's switch of running mates doesn't affect his pick, but he does slip in a jab at that change, saying he's looking for someone who won't leave the ticket or be asked to.