Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch formally began her 2024 campaign for governor Monday.
Crouch, 70, announced her campaign in an online video message. She will be seeking to become Indiana’s first female governor following the end of Gov. Holcomb’s term. She is joining U.S. Sen. Mike Braun in what could be an expensive fight for the Republican nomination.
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Crouch has served as lieutenant governor since 2017, and was Holcomb’s running mate in the 2016 and 2020 elections. She was also state auditor for three years and served a decade as an Evansville state legislator.
Crouch has expressed support for Holcomb despite dissatisfaction from conservatives over COVID-19 business restrictions, a statewide mask mandate and his veto in March of a bill banning transgender women from competing in Indiana sports teams.
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Crouch has already raised more than $2.5 million for her campaign, according to the Associated Press.