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Gregg announces Hale as running mate

Northside Indy rep says campaign will bring public discourse


John Gregg and Christina Hale are surrounded by their families in the Artsgarden in downtown Indianapolis. - AMBER STEARNS
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  • John Gregg and Christina Hale are surrounded by their families in the Artsgarden in downtown Indianapolis.
Announcing news that had leaked to the press the previous night, Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg named Rep. Christina Hale (D-Indianapolis) as his choice for lieutenant governor and running mate.

“In Representative Hale I have found a full partner who is not only ready to govern but has the experience and the passion the desire to help me refocus Indiana’s state government on the things that matter to Hoosiers” said Gregg. “In Christina Hale, I have found a partner who shares my commitment to working across the aisle to get things done.”

Hale represents the parts of Washington and Lawrence townships in Indianapolis. She was born and raised in Michigan City and worked her way through Purdue University to earn a Bachelor’s degree after becoming a single mom at age 19.

“This is going to be an interesting fun campaign… and we’re going to raise the level of public discourse, I think, in our state,” said Hale.

Hale had considered a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Dan Coats, but dropped out of the race early, clearing the path for Baron Hill.

Many Democratic supporters believe Hale is the best choice for Gregg in this campaign.

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight tweeted, “@GreggforGov & @Haleindy is a good ticket that I’m proud to support! Excellent choice for LG. Time to tackle real issues.”

“We are very pleased with the selection of Christina Hale,” says Robin Olds, PAC coordinate for the Indiana chapter of the National Organization for Women. “It’s good to know that 51 percent of the state’s population will be represented in the statehouse.”

A female lieutenant governor in Indiana has been the popular choice since Joe Kernan became governor following the sudden death of Frank-O’Bannon in 2003. Kernan named Kathy Davis lieutenant governor and made her his running mate in 2004. Mitch Daniels and then-State Senator Becky Skillman defeated Kernan and Davis. 2016 will be first year only one of the major parties will have a female running mate.

Gov. Mike Pence issued a statement following the announcement of Hale as Gregg’s running mate.

"Congratulations to Rep. Christina Hale on her selection to join the Democrat ticket. We welcome her to the race and look forward to a spirited debate about continuing Indiana's job growth and soaring economic future," said Pence.

Gregg and Hale kicked off their announcement tour in Indianapolis at the Artsgarden downtown. The Democratic pair also planned to visit Evansville, Sellersburg, Fort Wayne and South Bend.


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