State Senator Karen Tallian, D-Portage, officially announced her candidacy for governor Tuesday.
A ten-year veteran of the state Senate, Tallian says she’s been considering a gubernatorial run for two years.
The Northwest Indiana attorney says the Statehouse has been under one-party control for too long.
“I looked around at our party and said, ‘Who’s going to do this?’ Somebody has to speak for the progressive point of view,” Tallian said.
Tallian will square off in the primary against the candidate she supported for governor in 2012, former House Speaker John Gregg. Gregg did not have a primary challenger in 2012.
Tallian says she won’t say anything negative about the southern Indiana Democrat, but notes that as a single mother from a major urban area, she and Gregg are very different people.
“Surely my views on choice and on women’s healthcare and access to healthcare have got to be different from John’s,” Tallian said.
Tallian rejected the notion that such a progressive candidate can’t win in such a conservative state, saying Indiana isn’t as “red” as the legislature makes it seem.
On Sunday, the Times of Northwest Indiana first reported on Tallian’s plans to run for governor.