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Gregg Rules Out Repeat Run For Governor In 2016

John Gregg, who ran for governor on the Democratic ticket in 2012 and lost, has ruled out a repeat run in 2016.

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg says he won’t run for governor again.

In a statement, the former Indiana House Speaker says he has not stopped working since his electoral loss to Mike Pence last November. The Sandborn Democrat says he’s met with party leaders and elected officials and planned on being the Democratic nominee for governor in 2016.

But now despite what he calls “overwhelming support and encouragement to make another run,” he says he won’t seek the nomination, opting instead to focus on his family.

Gregg says he will stay involved, pushing issues such as higher wages, job growth in key sectors and public education.

In an interview with Howey Politics, Gregg named several Democrats he thinks could run for governor. They include:

  • Joe Hogsett, Southern District U.S. Attorney
  • Vi Simpson, Former Senate Minority Leader
  • Baron Hill, Former Congressman
  • Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight
  • Layfayette Mayor Tony Roswarski
  • Rep. Terri Austin, (D) District 36
  • Rep. Scott Pelath, House Minority Leader

Howey Politics reports there is one more person Gregg named.

Gregg added that he’s spoken to former governor and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh in the last few days, but said that Bayh has not indicated a desire to seek a third term. Bayh served as governor from 1989 to 1997. “He didn’t bring it up and I didn’t ask him,” Gregg said of his conversation with Bayh. “I keep hearing people say that, but if I saw Evan doing anything it would be running for the Senate, or it would be helping Hillary Clinton if she runs for president. He’s very close with the Clintons.”

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