Governor Candidate Announces His Candidacy

( Republican Senator Mike Braun announced his candidacy for Indiana governor in 2024, according to Washington Examiner. The senator has recently filed his paperwork, which would leave his Senate seat vacant, likely sparking a crowded GOP primary that could attract many prospective candidates.

The vacant seat could also determine the balance of power in 2024 as Democrats try to hold onto their narrow lead in the upper chamber.

Some lawmakers are already reportedly expressing interest in the position, including the former president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation Eric Doden, who announced his candidacy in 2021, and Republican Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.

Braun was elected in 2018, unseating Democrat Senator Joe Donnelly. He emerged victorious after winning a packed and fierce primary. Four years into his term, he had complained about the slow-moving process of the Senate, intimating a gubernatorial run earlier this year.

Indiana Republicans said that Braun, who is a former executive of a distribution company, is more suited to being an executive, making the gubernatorial position a match for his talents.

The congressman reportedly previously supported Sen. Rick Scott’s attempt at ousting Minority Leader Mitch Connell after the midterm elections.

The announcement has also attracted the attention of Rep. Jim Banks, who said that he was considering running for the vacant seat.

“[Banks] is strongly positioned to win a statewide primary and general election in Indiana,” Banks’ spokesperson told the Washington Examiner, adding that the congressman will spend the holidays talking over the decision with his family.

Rep. Trey Hollingsworth is also considering a run after leaving the House next month after three terms. He told CNN that he is deciding on the best way to serve the people of Indiana and whether or not he is the right person for the job.

The current Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb cannot run for reelection because of the state’s term limits.