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Holcomb won't be 'politically active' until after legislative session

Gov. Eric Holcomb isn’t making any endorsements in the 2024 governor’s race – for now.

He said he’s holding off on any explicitly political activity until after the upcoming legislative session.

“This is, you know, my last budget and the priorities in it are very important and they’re going to have a long-lasting effect and impact on whoever my successor ends up being," Holcomb said. "And I want to make sure we stick the landing.”

Holcomb is term-limited from running for governor, but Indiana will now have an open U.S. Senate seat. Major Republican figures – including U.S. Reps. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) and Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville) – have already indicated they’ll announce their intentions after the holidays.

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There’s speculation Holcomb could join that race. But he said his pledge to focus on the legislative session includes avoiding any potential announcements about his own future.

“I’m gonna do the job I got, at the expense of no other decision,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb said he’s comfortable with that choice and even finds it “liberating.”

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.