INDIANAPOLIS – Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz will announce her candidacy for governor this week, according to the Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education.
The group sent out an advisory saying Ritz will make an announcement Friday at 11 a.m. at the downtown branch of the Allen County Public Library.
Another source told The Journal Gazette she will make an initial announcement Thursday in Indianapolis but no information is yet available.
Ritz, a Democrat, said after the recent legislative session she was thinking of running. This came after more attempts by Republicans to marginalize her office and the Department of Education in favor of the appointed State Board of Education.
She ousted former state Superintendent of Public Instruction, a Republican, Tony Bennett in 2012 using a powerful grass-roots campaign. He was a national darling at the time for school reform, including vouchers, teacher evaluations and Common Core.
Since then there has been nothing but conflict between Ritz and the state board, which has a majority of Republican members. Gov. Mike Pence – who is announcing his re-election bid June 18 – even created a secondary education agency via executive order but recently dissolved it.
Democrats John Gregg and Karen Tallian have also announced he is running so Ritz already has competition in the primary.
Ritz' post as superintendent is also up for re-election in 2016. But it is handled through a party nominating convention in the summer so she could theoretically do both if she fails in the May governor primary.