Congressman Mike Pence (center) addresses media and supporters as he prepares to file petition signatures at the Indiana Government Center on Monday. Ninety-two boxes, each carrying signatures from each Indiana county, can be seen behind him.
Mike Pence For Indiana
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - It was no surprise that Mike Pence would file to run for Indiana’s next governor.
The current Sixth District Congressman has been campaigning and vocally promoting himself since announcing his intentions last May.
What was a surprise, however, was the overwhelming number of petitions Pence brought with him to the Secretary of State’s Election Division office at the Indiana Government Center in Indianapolis on Monday.
Pence and his supporters dropped off 13,000 signatures to place his name on the May primary ballot – three times the required number of signatures needed. The petitions were divided into 92 boxes, one for each of Indiana’s counties.
"It is going to be a people-centered campaign that will carry our message for an even better Indiana to the four corners of the state," Pence told reporters. "And we will be carrying our message to every community, in the city and on the farm."
Pence declined to reveal more of his platform, saying he will wait until the Indiana General Assembly wraps up in mid-March.
Gubernatorial candidates have until Friday, February 10 to file with the Secretary of State.
Fellow Republican Jim Wallace, a former Hamilton County (Ind.) Councilman, has yet to file. The same goes for Democrat favorite and former Speaker of the Indiana House John Gregg, as well as Libertarian candidate and former Survivor contestant Rupert Boneham.