INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
The leader of a central Indiana school district is seeking to become the
Republican challenger to Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz
in this year’s election. Yorktown Community Schools Superintendent Jennifer
McCormick announced her candidacy during a Statehouse news conference
Thursday. McCormick is the first Republican to formally launch a challenge
to Ritz, who has faced numerous education-policy battles against GOP Gov.
Mike Pence and Republican lawmakers since she took office in 2013.
McCormick says her
goals as state superintendent would include striving for excellence rather
than political squabbling.
McCormick has been
the top administrator of the school district near Muncie since 2010 after
previously being an English teacher and elementary school principal.
nominee will be picked during the state convention.