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Holcomb hasn't decided on endorsement in governor's race, wants to hear more details from candidates

Gov. Eric Holcomb said he wants to hear more detail on issues from the candidates hoping to replace him.

Holcomb is term-limited from another four years as governor. This year’s campaign features six Republican candidates.

And the current GOP officeholder said people are telling him they’re undecided because they don't know where those candidates stand on the kinds of issues governors face on a “day-in, day-out basis.”

“We can repeat words,” Holcomb said. “And most of those words, I see broad agreement within the candidates.”

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Holcomb said issues he wants to hear more on include community and economic development, infrastructure, mental health care, broadband access and the future of the Medicaid program.

“What are the ideas, the new ideas, the next bold, as I’ve heard many of them say, these are bold ideas,” Holcomb said. “I want to see not just the vision — very important to have a vision — more so to have the mission, the plans to actually realize that vision.”

Holcomb said he hasn’t decided who to endorse but will do so “in short order.”

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.