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John Gregg Announces He’s Running For Governor

John Gregg says he'll make another run for the governor's seat in 2016.

John Gregg says he’ll make a run for governor in 2016.

The Democratic candidate and former Indiana House Speaker, who earned the Democratic nomination in 2012, announced the news Thursday. Gregg could potentially run against State Superintendent Glenda Ritz in a primary election, if Ritz decides to run.

“Under Mike Pence, Indiana has been given a bad name,” Gregg said in a press release. “His sole focus seems to be on social issues and telling people how they should live their lives. That’s not the business of a governor or any government and together we will put a stop to it.”

Gregg also made a video announcement to kick of his campaign, saying, “We’ve all seen the damage done to Indiana by Mike Pence. He’s managed to alienate the entire country with his extreme religious freedom law — a law that’s an embarrassment and wrong.”

Gregg indicated in 2013 he wouldn’t seek another shot at the governor’s office, but in the months since, rumors started circulating that the former House Speaker was changing his mind.

In a video posted on his campaign website announcing his run, Gregg says it’s the fallout from the religious freedom law controversy — and Pence’s economic policies — that prompted his decision.

Gregg lost in 2012 to then-Congressman Mike Pence in the general election 49 percent to 46 percent. 

Pence says he’s been preparing to seek re-election over his two years in office, but he says his focus now is on completing the work of the 2015 legislative session.  

Brandon Smith contributed to this report.

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