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Evan Bayh Unsure Whether He Will Run For Office Again

Evan Bayh speaks at a Bloomington Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Former Indiana governor and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh says he has not decided whether to run for office in 2016. Some Democrats are hoping he could be the frontrunner for governor.

With a Republican supermajority in both the state Senate and House, Democrats are looking for someone to revitalize the party.

Last fall, when former gubernatorial candidate John Gregg announced he would not seek re-election, he mentioned Evan Bayh as a possible candidate.

At a Bloomington Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Bayh said he wants to get his two sons through high school this year before he and his wife talk about the future.

“Indiana is always our home and public service will always be important to us,” Bayh says,  “There are ways other than electoral office to do that, and so that’s just a long-winded I don’t know.”

But, Bayh says he’s also keeping an open mind.

No matter who runs in two years though, Bayh says Democrats in Indiana can make themselves more relevant and gain more attention by focusing on issues that affect people’s daily lives.

“That’s one of the problems we have in politics today,” he says. “People say, it’s just a mud fight. They don’t care about me. They’re just all in it for themselves, so focus on what really matters to people and give them a reason to believe that we can make a difference if we just elect the right kind of people.”

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