INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – People are sounding off and another campaign begins as the field for the race for Indiana Governor is set.
Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb will fill Governor Mike Pence’s shoes as the Republican candidate. This, as Donald Trump selected Pence as his 2016 presidential running mate.
Holcomb was one of four people up for the nomination. U.S. Representative Susan Brooks was another name with strong backing, including from former Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle.
Oesterle took to social media after the announcement with some strong words about the decision, tweeting, “Between the abortion bill, the Ellsperman axing, and the Brooks passover, 2016 has been debilitating for GOP women. Makes me sick.”
Just this week, Indiana ranked 34th in the nation for the percentage of women in the legislature.
Oesterle managed Mitch Daniels’ ’04 campaign and later signed on as CEO at Angie’s List. He was very outspoken against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which Pence signed as Governor. Oesterle advocated for a change within the party.
The GOP Committee chose Holcomb as the Republican gubernatorial candidate during a 2-hour, closed-door meeting Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Holcomb’s opponent Democrat John Gregg has a campaign stop Wednesday. He’ll be at the Colts Complex for the Indiana Ag Policy Summit. Gregg will speak at 11:15 a.m.