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Fort Wayne Republican Announces Bid For 2024 Governor's Race

The 2024 race for Indiana governor is officially underway. Republican Eric Doden announced Thursday he’s running for the state’s highest office.

Doden said he’s forming a campaign committee in a bid for governor because he has a passion for “growing Indiana main streets.”

The Fort Wayne businessman previously served as then-Gov. Mike Pence’s Indiana Economic Development Corporation president.

In a statement announcing his campaign, Doden said he’ll bring his “no-nonsense” approach to the race, helping create “21st century economic opportunities” for Indiana families.

The seat is open in 2024 – Gov. Eric Holcomb is term-limited.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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