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IN GOP nominate Pence, Ellspermann

Brandon Smith
Indiana Public Broadcasting

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence says Indiana must move from reform to results and laid out his vision for the state in a speech to the state Republican convention Saturday. 

The platform unveiled by Pence offered more aspirations than specifics, as is common early in a campaign.  The 6th District congressman lauded the accomplishments of the Daniels administration but says there is still work to be done.

“To make Indiana the state that works we must make job creation job one. Where we promote private sector job growth, develop world class schools, protect taxpayers and support Hoosier families.”

Pence promoted private sector job growth, improvement in math and science test scores and a better quality of workforce.  He says in order to do that, Indiana needs to say no to Washington D.C.

"I will fight for the right of every Hoosier to run our schools, buy our healthcare, build our roads and heat our homes without the heavy hand of the liberal federal government breathing down our necks.”

Pence says he will roll out more specific policy details over the next few weeks.

Convention delegates also nominated Sue Ellspermann for lieutenant governor and re-nominated Tony Bennett for superintendent of public instruction and Greg Zoeller for attorney general.

Indiana Democrats hold their state party convention Saturday, June 16.

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.