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Gregg endorses Ritz

John Gregg -- the Democratic nominee for governor -- on Thursday endorsed Indianapolis teacher Glenda Ritz for the post of superintendent of public instruction.

Ritz, 57, has taught for more than 30 years. She is currently a media specialist at an Indianapolis elementary school.

If she is officially nominated this weekend in Fort Wayne at the State Democratic Convention, she would face off against Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett.

"My message to Tony Bennett today is our students are more than test scores," Ritz said at a Thursday press conference.

Fort Wayne woman Melissa Ann Hicks has also filed for the Democratic nomination for superintendent of public instruction.

Party officials, however, are trying to block her candidacy because she voted in the GOP primary election in 2011 and also explored a run for Fort Wayne City Council as a Republican. She was not on the ballot though she did file campaign finance paperwork as a Republican.

The Democratic State Central Committee will meet Friday night to consider striking Hicks from the ballot.

Hicks voted in the Democrat primary in 2012, 2007, 2006 and 2000, according to voter records.

Messages left for Hicks were not immediately returned.

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