Glenda Ritz drops out of race for Indiana governor
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 7, 2015)– Glenda Ritz announced Friday that she is ending her gubernatorial campaign, and will seek re-election for State Superintendent.
A formal statement from Ritz can be read below.
In July, a formal complaint was filed against Ritz involving her campaign in relation to donations.
The donations were said to be questionable because they were accepted during the 2015 legislative session, according to State election documents. This would be a violation according to State law. Ritz said it was merely a clerical error.
“We did absolutely no fundraising during the blackout period and I think we have all of the data and evidence to support that,” Ritz previously said.
According to Indiana Election Division staff, she would have had to pay $1,000 per donation, totaling $28,000, if found in violation.
As of July 16, the Ritz campaign had raised $30,529 in the previous six months. In that same time frame, John Gregg raised $1.76 million. Governor Pence had raised $1.63 million. Karen Tallian was just behind Ritz with $23,751 raised.
Statement from Glenda Ritz:
“Over a million school children are starting school. They begin this school year with the hope and optimism that education can make a difference in their lives. The best use of my time and talents will be to serve our children, their families and the taxpayers of Indiana as Superintendent of Public Instruction. I must continue to be 110% engaged in supporting public education.
Now is not the right time for me to run for governor. Under my leadership, I have brought the discussion of public education into the public discourse and have started to fundamentally change how we support schools. My work is not finished, and my passion is stronger than ever. I am resolutely dedicated to educators, students, and families from Pre-K to graduation.
Recent stories in the news media have pointed out that we do indeed have major issues that impact our families. Two of them particularly concern me—a rising childhood poverty rate and a major decrease in the numbers of college-level students pursuing majors that will lead to teaching. Both of these issues require a redoubling of my commitment to serve as Superintendent to provide the needed wrap-around services to our children and to address the barriers that have been put in place to attract and retain teachers.
The people of Indiana know we need a new governor, a governor that supports public education that directly affects their abilities for better jobs and stronger communities. As Superintendent, I will continue to advocate for what is right to educate our children to improve our economy for all Hoosiers. With the help of all of you, we will keep education the focal point of the gubernatorial race.
Many of my supporters will be disappointed in my decision, but I know that we share a vision for education. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all who have so passionately supported my campaign for governor.
With my personal commitment to doing what is needed to prepare this and future generations for the challenges of tomorrow, I will enthusiastically seek re-election as your Superintendent of Public Instruction.”
Statement from John Zody, Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party:
“We understand and respect Glenda Ritz’s decision to seek re-election as Superintendent of Public Instruction. With her leadership at the Statehouse, Hoosier families can have the confidence that she and other Statehouse Democrats will work to solve the problems facing our state. Whether it is protecting public education, reducing child poverty, or fighting to keep education more accessible and affordable in our state – particularly by working to expand Pre-K education – Hoosier Democrats will lead the charge to send Indiana in a new direction for the future. We enthusiastically support Superintendent Ritz in her re-election efforts.”