(Indianapolis, Ind.) – There’s a new face in the race for Indiana governor.
Former Hamilton County Councilman Jim Wallace officially announced Tuesday that he would seek the Republican nomination.
Wallace, 50, of Fishers, Ind. says his business experience gives him an edge over fellow GOP candidate Mike Pence, the 6th District Congressman who announced his candidacy last week.
"It's time to build on that foundation that Governor Daniels and the state legislature have set and to raise Indiana's standard so that all Hoosiers can attain the economic security that we've earned and deserve," Wallace said.
Wallace said during his announcement that he would focus his attention on job growth and managing the state’s finances. Similar to Daniels’ call to lawmakers prior to the 2011 legislative session, Wallace would put social issues such as abortion and immigration on the backburner.
Wallace acknowledged that he’s an early underdog against the well-known Pence.
"We know it's going to be a challenge but we think that when we level the playing field of name ID and get our message out to Hoosiers that they'll start to vote, vote with their votes," he said.