State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) has announced the formation of a gubernatorial exploratory committee. Melton, who represents Indiana’s third district in the Senate, says he will also embark on a statewide listening tour as he mulls a possible run for governor.
Melton made his announcement Tuesday at the Gary Teachers Union. Our partners at WFYI report if he were to run and earn the Democratic nomination, Melton would be the first person of color from a major party to run for Indiana governor.
"This announcement is not about me seeking a higher office," Melton said. "This is a call to refocus on inclusive policies that reflect the voice of every Hoosier, not just a select few. This is about Indiana investing in a better future for ourselves and for our children."
During his address to community members in Gary, Melton discussed key issues for him, including economic development, improving the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as teacher pay.
Melton says he will announce the schedule for his statewide listening tour in the coming days. He says he will "discuss and highlight the inaction of state leadership and opportunities for the future of Indiana."
Melton was elected to the Senate in 2016 and serves as the ranking minority member on the Senate Education and Career Development Committee. He is also the deputy chair of the Indiana Democratic Party.