Governor’s race amongst most contentious in the state

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana is guaranteed to see a new face fill the role of governor come January.

As one of Indiana’s most highly sought after races, Democrat John Gregg, Republican Eric Holcomb and Libertarian Rex Bell are vying for that role.

And they’re not backing down in the days leading up to the election.

“It’s just been so encouraging and energizing, when you’re out and about like I am in perpetual motion all over the state of Indiana, to see the people come together for such a good cause to keep this state moving forward and keep that forward momentum going,” Holcomb said.

Gregg said, “To see a gathering of Democrats and Republicans makes us feel real good we’re seeing that all across the state.”

Currently serving as lieutenant governor, Holcomb was nominated to replace Gov. Mike Pence on the ballot. Over the past few months on the campaign trail, he has brought a variety of issues to the table.

If elected, passing a balanced budget, keeping a low unemployment rate and bringing jobs to Indiana are some of the issues Holcomb said he will work on.

“We’ll seek to, once again, bring folks of all walks of life to be part of this cause. And with their help, we’ll continue to move Indiana forward,” Holcomb said. “Their voice needs to be included in deciding what direction the state will take.”

As speaker of the House for the Indiana General Assembly from 1996-2003, Gregg is no stranger to Indiana politics.

Gregg narrowly lost against Gov. Pence in 2012, and he’s ready to give it another run for his money.

Some of Gregg’s talking points include keeping a stable economy, working with teachers and tackling the state’s drug epidemic.

“We lost the race last time by the closest race in over 50 years. I just challenge voters to look beyond the party label,” Gregg said.

Rex Bell is a small business owner from Wayne County.

Bell said limited government and individual freedoms will be his focus point if elected governor.

“When it comes right down to governing, we mean it, we believe in people, we don’t think that government needs to oversee every aspect of our lives,” Bell said.