Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ritz To Announce Governor Ambitions in June

Glenda Ritz
Glenda Ritz is considering a run for Governor. Don’t say I didn’t tell you so.

The Superintendent of Public Instruction will allegedly announce sometime in June her future plans. Indy Democrat is hearing that it's going to be We already know she is running for reelection for Superintendent of Public Instruction. She announced that at Ben Davis High School back in November. If she does seek the state’s highest office, she has one person and one group to thank for it: Mike Pence and Indiana’s GOP.

Because they have stripped away so much of Ritz’s power, the only Democrat in state executive elective office can play the victim as she considers a run for the state's highest office.  It's a strategy that just might play out as effective if she does things right.  In 2012, she did almost everything perfectly during the campaign.

To begin with, Tony Bennett was not a popular candidate.  Ritz knew that.  While he wasn't popular, he was extremely well-connected and well-funded within the school reform world.  Knowing that she couldn't compete head-to-head in a traditional campaign, Ritz utilized social media and the strength of teachers loyalty to propel herself ahead of Bennett.

If she ends up against Mike Pence, Ritz could certainly use these tactics to her advantage again.  It's getting to the general election that's going to be her big step.

In the primary, Ritz has to convince statewide Democrats that she can do the job of Governor and do it better than Karen Tallian and John Gregg.  Both Tallian and Gregg have legislative governmental experience, but Ritz's entry adds a new wrinkle to the entire race.

Personally, I'd like to see Ritz run again for Superintendent of Public Instruction, but there's no question that the Governor has become the most important office when it comes to education in Indiana since Mike Pence has been in the office.  That means maybe an educator can do a lot more good in the Governor's seat than a politician.

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