As expected, former Democratic Indiana House Speaker John Gregg plans to run for governor.
Public relations consultant Steve Campbell, who is working with Gregg, said Gregg will file to form an exploratory committee Monday and plans an official campaign kickoff later. Gregg called all 92 county chairmen over the weekend to tell them he's running.
Campbell says Gregg has spent months traveling Indiana and talking to voters, and the exploratory committee is the next logical step.
Gregg is known for his vibrant personality and quick wit. Many Democrats believe he's the party's best hope for a shot at claiming the governor's office in 2012.
He will likely face Republican front-runner U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, who announced earlier this month that he would run.
Gregg is a partner at Indianapolis law firm Bingham McHale.