INDIANAPOLIS — One potential Democratic candidate for governor is already out just as the race is getting started.

Rep. Karlee Macer of Indianapolis released a statement Tuesday saying, “While I stand ready to roll my sleeves up and show our state what it means to be a Democrat, I will not be doing so in a bid for governor.”

Macer is among three Democrats who were exploring bids to challenge incumbent Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb in the 2020 election. Dr. Woody Myers, the state’s former health commissioner, was the first to formally enter the race when he announced in July that he is running. Sen. Eddie Melton of Gary has been touring the state since late spring meeting with Hoosiers as he explores a possible run.

“In every corner of our state, there are leaders stepping up to fight for Hoosiers and their families and I’m always ready to work with those who seek to move Indiana forward,” Macer said.

Macer has served in the Indiana House since 2013 and in the most recent legislative session joined Republicans in co-authoring House Enrolled Act 1010, which exempts military pensions from state income taxes.

She said that she will work for Democrats seeking political office across the state.

“I look forward to supporting those stepping up to make change in our cities, correcting the harmful path the Republican Supermajority have led us down, and taking on some of the most crucial Federal policies in our lifetime,” she added.

Holcomb formally announced in July that he is running for re-election. At the end of August, his campaign is sponsoring a fundraiser at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway where a VIP reception costs $2,500 a couple, early arrival is $250 per person and general admission is $50 each.

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