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Six Republican candidates file to run for governor in Indiana's most expensive primary ever

The southern exterior of the Indiana Statehouse. There are two large trees in the foreground.
Brandon Smith
IPB News
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is term-limited after eight years in office, making the 2024 gubernatorial race an open one.

It appears Indiana’s Republican primary ballot for governor this year will have six candidates after this week’s filing deadline.

The open race for governor has attracted some big names. The candidates who’ve filed on the GOP side are U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), former state Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, former Indiana Economic Development Corporation chief Eric Doden, former state Attorney General Curtis Hill and Jamie Reitenour.

The surprising name on that list is the last one, Reitenour, who describes herself as “a believer in Jesus Christ, a proud wife and mother of five.”

Braun, Chambers, Crouch and Doden each entered 2024 with more than $1 million in their campaign accounts. Hill raised more than $350,000 last year. And Reitenour entered this year with less than $15,000 in her account.

Early, in-person voting for the primary begins April 9.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.