Tech entrepreneur Josh Owens has
launched a bid to become Indiana's first openly gay governor.
Owens, the 34-year-old CEO of digital
strategy firm SupplyKick, filed gubernatorial paperwork on Monday.
“I'm running for governor now because
I believe in an Indiana where teachers are paid what they deserve and
where all are welcomed, respected, and protected,” he said in a
statement. “We need a leader who will ensure our state budget,
policies, and laws reflect a bold and inclusive vision for collective
Owens is among the first announced
candidates running for the Democratic nomination in 2020. The
Democratic nominee will face off against Republican Governor Eric
Holcomb, who has a 50% approval rating, according to the latest
survey of governors conducted by Morning Consult.
Owens is a lifelong Indiana resident.
He and his husband Andy live in Indianapolis.