State Rep. Hale Chosen As John Gregg’s Running Mate
By Mike Perleberg
State Representative Christina Hale was selected as Democrat gubernatorial candidate John Gregg’s running mate on Wednesday, May 25.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – John Gregg has named his running mate as he challenges Republican Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
Gregg announced State Representative Christina Hale as his lieutenant governor pick Wednesday morning in Indianapolis. The Democrat gubernatorial candidate cited Hale’s record of bipartisanship.
“In Christina Hale, I’ve found a partner who shares my commitment to working across the aisle to get things done,” said Gregg. “Throughout her career, Christina has demonstrated that she is a consensus builder, a problem solver and someone who isn’t afraid to take on the tough issues. That’s exactly the type of leadership Indiana needs.”
Hale was elected to the Indiana House for in 2012, representing part of Indianapolis in District 87. She is a former executive for Kiwanis International and a Purdue University graduate. The Michigan City native has worked in various state government roles and as a newspaper reporter.
In accepting the opportunity to run on the Democrat ticket, Hale said she knows Gregg to be a great leader.
“He is committed to finding solutions and getting the work of the people done and so am I,” said Hale. “We share an ambitious vision for all Hoosiers to create solid economic opportunities and strong schools, while responsibly addressing the ever-pressing needs of our failing infrastructure and our state’s drug and crime problems.”
According to the Gregg campaign, Hale worked with Republican majorities to improve the lives of Hoosiers by focusing on job creation, leading the fight to reduce sexual violence against girls and women and cracking down on crime. She also pushed legislation to address Indiana’s skyrocketing utility costs and bring attention to the state’s water and sewer infrastructure needs.
Pence was kind in his reaction to the Hale announcement.
“Congratulations to Rep. Christina Hale on her selection to join the Democrat ticket. We welcome her to the race and look forward to a spirited debate about continuing Indiana’s job growth and soaring economic future,” the current governor said.
Pence narrowly defeated Gregg in the 2012 election. That year, Gregg’s running mate was State Senator Vi Simpson.
Mike Pence’s lieutenant governor from that campaign, Sue Ellspermann, resigned earlier this year to seek the presidency of Ivy Tech Community College. Eric Holcomb, a former Indiana Republican Party chairman and aide to U.S. Senator Dan Coats, was picked to fill the role and is Pence’s running mate this time around.
Current polling shows the Pence and Gregg in a statistical dead heat.