Just like the Highlander, there can be only one Democratic candidate for governor.
State Senator Karen Tallian, D-Portage, announced this afternoon she will no longer seek the Democratic nomination for governor in Indiana.
“After much consideration, I am announcing my withdrawal as a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for Governor. My congratulations go out to John Gregg, and I support his efforts to lead this state.Tallian was re-elected to her senate seat in 2014.
I am humbled by the welcome I received from all corners of the state over the last few months. I will continue to build on my decade of experience as a state senator, fighting to ensure equal rights, well-paying jobs, and quality education for all Hoosiers. I want to extend my heartfelt thank you to all of my supporters for your belief in a more progressive Indiana.”
Former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg is now the only Democratic candidate in 2016. Gregg lost his 2012 bid for governor to Mike Pence by 3.2 percent.
Gregg issued this announcement regarding Tallian's decision:
“Karen Tallian has been, is and will continue to be a true champion for working Hoosiers – and I am proud to call her my friend. I look forward to standing with her in the years ahead to improve our schools, rebuild our infrastructure and create an economy that works for all workers.”
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced 10 days ago she would run for re-election to her current post instead of governor in 2016.