The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:00 am

Holcomb may get primary opponent

Paperwork filed by businessman; needs signatures

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Republicans might have a primary on their hands as a central Indiana businessman filed campaign finance paperwork Monday to challenge Gov. Eric Holcomb next year.

Brian Roth, who runs a leadership consulting firm in Carmel, didn't return a message seeking comment.

To qualify for the primary ballot, he would have to collect 500 certified signatures from each of the nine congressional districts.

He founded Employment 2 Deployment in 2017, which lists his wife and son as employees as well. The company offers leadership seminars, executive coaching, and organizational and team assessments.

“We see ourselves as an organization that can help anyone, regardless of what they do, improve their leadership if they will do one thing ... change the way they thing (sic) about leadership,” the website says.

Roth said he has studied and applied leadership for 30 years – including 24 years in the Navy, 10 years managing a power plant, six years managing operations at a power services company and time in church leadership.

He graduated in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in physics from Taylor University.

Holcomb has high approval ratings and $6 million in the bank.

Many political experts expect him to cruise to reelection. Democrat Woody Myers and Libertarian Bill Levin also are running for governor.

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer is also serving as Holcomb's campaign manager – something he won't give up even if there is a contested primary.

“It is entirely appropriate – and frankly expected – that the party would fully support an incumbent governor running for reelection,” party spokesman Pete Seat said. “Chairman Hupfer's dual-role has no bearing on that fact. We are all in for Eric Holcomb just as he is all in for Hoosiers.”

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