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Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:00 am

Lawmaker won't run for governor

Changes mind on making bid for Democratic nod

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Karlee Macer of Speedway announced Tuesday she would not seek the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

“Anyone who knows me, knows that it is the front line problem solving and policy-making that drives me in my work,” she said. “While I stand ready to roll my sleeves up, and show our state what it means to be a Democrat, I will not be doing so in a bid for governor.”

Macer had been visiting communities around the state to gauge a possible run but ultimately decided against a bid.

“In every corner of our state, there are leaders stepping up to fight for Hoosiers and their families, and I'm always ready to work with those who seek to move Indiana forward,” Macer said.

“I look forward to supporting those stepping up to make change in our cities, correcting the harmful path the Republican super majority have led us down, and taking on some of the most crucial federal policies in our lifetime.”

Businessman and doctor Woody Myers has thrown his hat in the ring for the Democratic nomination – hoping to win the nomination and take on GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb in 2020's general election.

State Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary, is still considering whether he will run. He has been holding town halls around the state – some alongside outgoing Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick.