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Democrats Formally Nominate Statewide Candidates

Democrats called on their constituents Saturday at the state convention to get out the vote for November's elections.

John Gregg at Democratic Convention

Photo: Gretchen Frazee/WFIU-WTIU News

John Gregg waves to the crowd at the state Democratic convention held Saturday in Fort Wayne.

Hoosier Democrats gathered in Fort Wayne this weekend for the party’s state convention, the first time in nearly a century it has been held outside Indianapolis.

The drive was a little longer for many of the 2,000 Democrats who converged on Fort Wayne this weekend, but convention-goers settled in quickly to get talking about policy and strategy for the November elections.

In Saturday’s general session, candidates and party leaders worked to fire up delegates, and spent much of their time on the attack, painting Republicans as ideological extremists. But gubernatorial candidate John Gregg also made a direct appeal to Democrats to reach across the aisle to Republican voters.

“Talk to Democrats, talk to independents and please talk to those Dick Lugar Republicans. Tell them we’ve got room for them because we are an inclusive party,” he said.

Delegates also formally nominated statewide candidates Saturday, picking Vi Simpson for lieutenant governor, Indianapolis attorney Kay Fleming for attorney general, and teacher Glenda Ritz for superintendent of public instruction.

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