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Indiana Sen. Eddie Melton withdraws from governor race

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Posted at 7:42 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 19:42:55-05

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary, has dropped out of the race for governor.

In a statement, Melton said he decided to devote his time to his work as a state senator, instead of campaigning for governor.

“But, unfortunately politics today require way too much of a candidate’s time being spent on the phone chasing dollars,” Melton said. “Fixing our systems of elections will take the work of all of us.”

Melton entered the race in early October and was the third Democratic candidate to join. The other two Democratic candidates, former Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Woody Myers and 34-year-old tech executive Josh Owens, are still in the race.

Read Melton’s full statement below:

“Over the past six months, I have had the privilege of traveling our state and engaging with thousands of Hoosiers, hearing their concerns about educational funding, economic mobility, draconian laws oppressing women’s ability to make their own health care decisions, and failure to honor our Veterans' sacrifices.

The ability to engage my fellow citizens in frank conversations has been a true privilege and honor.

But, unfortunately politics today require way too much of a candidate’s time being spent on the phone chasing dollars. Fixing our systems of elections will take the work of all of us.

As I look to address this issue and the many other challenges we as a state face, I know that my time and energy will be best spent fully engaged in the upcoming 2020 legislative session.

So, with renewed commitment, I have chosen to devote my full time and energy to our fight in the Capitol and announce my withdrawal from the gubernatorial campaign.

For all of the supporters and friends I met over the past six months, thank you.

For my entire family, I thank you for your support. I look forward to spending more time with each of you in the absence of this statewide election.

And for my constituents of Northwest Indiana, we haven’t missed a beat over the past six months, and you will continue to have my undivided time, sacrifice and appreciation. I will continue to be your servant for as long as you will bestow me that honor."