John Gregg introduces Rep. Christina Hale as running mate

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  • John Gregg picks Christina Hale as running mate in race for governor
  • Gregg and Hale will represent the Democratic Party and challenge Gov. Mike Pence and Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb
  • Hale is a former communications officer with Kiwanis International
  • She was born and raised in Michigan City and now lives in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Democrat John Gregg has selected Indianapolis state Rep. Christina Hale as his running mate in the Indiana governor’s race.

Gregg introduced Hale during a news conference Wednesday at the downtown Indianapolis Arts Garden. Hale is a former chief communications officer with Kiwanis International. She’s completing her second term representing the north side of Indianapolis in the Indiana House of Representatives. A graduate of Purdue University, Hale was born and raised in Michigan City. She currently lives in Indianapolis.

“In Christina Hale, I’ve found a partner who shares my commitment to working across the aisle to get things done,” Gregg said of his running mate. “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 described Gregg as a “good man and a great leader.”

“He is committed to finding solutions and getting the work of the people done and so am I,” Hail said. “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.”

In the House, Hale has worked on legislation to support small business, fight crime, combat sexual assault, lower utility rates and bring attention to the state’s water and sewer infrastructure needs. She serves on several committees: Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development; Insurance; and Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications committees.

“I wanted to pick someone who was ready to lead from day one,” Gregg said. “I’m very happy we made the selection. We wanted to make the announcement so we could get out on the campaign trail.”

Gregg will challenge Gov. Mike Pence in a rematch of the close 2012 race. Pence selected Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb as his running mate after Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, who ran with Pence in the previous race, decided to resign.

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