Bayh: I Will Not Run For Governor In 2016
September 12, 2014 — Former U-S Senator Evan Bayh won’t make another bid for the governor’s mansion in 2016. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports:
INDIANAPOLIS – Evan Bayh made it official Friday – he won’t be running for governor in 2016.
Last month, Bayh, a former Indiana governor and U.S. senator, said a 2016 run was “highly unlikely.”
Friday morning, Bayh removed the last bit of doubt by releasing a statement saying he would not run:
“Serving as governor of Indiana has been the greatest honor of my life. Working with many wonderful people from both political parties, our administration fostered economic growth, fiscal stability, and educational, environmental and social progress,” he said.
“Over the years I’ve been asked whether I would seek the governorship again. The inquiries and encouragement have accelerated in recent months regarding a possible candidacy in 2016. After serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for governor in 2016. I hope that my decision will enable others to step forward and offer their ideas for making Indiana an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”
Bayh’s announcement leaves Indiana Democrats without a clear frontrunner for the 2016 nomination. Among the names mentioned as possible candidates are 2012 nominee and former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg, who lost to Republican Gov. Mike Pence. Also, Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott has said he’s considering a bid, while some have said former U.S. Rep Baron Hill, D-Indiana, should do so.
Bayh said in his statement that he remains “committed to helping Hoosiers and the state I love.”
“There are many ways to help people and serve the public, and I look forward to pursuing them in the days and years to come,” Bayh said. “Susan, Beau, and Nick join me in expressing our profound gratitude to the many Hoosiers who have blessed us with their friendship and support.”