Pence Announces His Running Mate

By Daniela Salvador

May 21, 2012 Updated May 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM EDT

Ferdinand, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Republican Mike Pence announced his running mate for his campaign for Indiana Governor Monday morning in the small town of Ferdinand.

Pence confirmed his pick of Sue Ellspermann, a State Representative for District 74 as of November 2010. Ellspermann also serves as Vice Chair of Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee, a member of the Small Business, Commerce and Economic Development Committee and Election and Apportionment Committee.

Pence made the announcement online, sending an e-mail to subscribers at the same time he emailed the news media. He cited Ellspermann's integrity and business background as strengths.

After his release came out, another one came from his Democrat opponent John Gregg. It labeled the Republicans as "the tea party ticket,” taking aim at Ellspermann for her social issue stances, including her pro-life comments in the past.

Tom Henry has been mentioned as a possible lieutenant governor for Gregg. Henry has been on a short list that includes four different mayors from around the state.

Being a second term mayor in the second largest city in Indiana would help the ticket. Also, many feel Henry would help the northern vote turnout. Gregg has said he'll make his choice before June 8.

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