FRANKLIN, Ind. —Now that his Republican rival has withdrawn from the race for Indiana governor, Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg has the campaign trail all to himself – that is until a new opponent is named.
In an attempt to appeal to all parties, Gregg is making stops in all areas of the state, including Johnson County — a county known for its Republican majority.
Gregg stopped at the Johnson County Fair Wednesday to meet Hoosier farmers, 4-H participants and fairgoers in an effort to convey his message.
“I think if you look at the records, Hoosiers always look beyond party lines when it comes to governor,” Gregg said. “I think people realize I ran before and I’ve literally been running for governor for six years. I think they know I’m passionate about the state of Indiana — got a lot of empathy for our state’s problems and they realize that.”
Gregg said nothing has changed in his campaign since Gov. Mike Pence removed himself from the gubernatorial ballot to run as vice president alongside Donald Trump, and nothing will change.
“I was never running against Mike Pence,” Gregg said. “I was running for the office of governor. As I tell people, I’m the only candidate that’s wanting to serve as governor since these other folks are more interested in being governor.”
The 22-member Indiana Republican committee responsible for selecting a candidate to replace Pence on the ballot is scheduled to make a decision on July 26.
Shelby Mullis is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.