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School district leader to challenge Ritz in next election

January 28, 2016

The leader of a central Indiana school district is seeking to become the Republican challenger to Superintendent of Public Instruction 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, a Democrat who has faced numerous education-policy battles against GOP Gov. Mike Pence and Republican lawmakers since she took office in 2013.

McCormick said 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.

The Republican nominee will be picked during this summer's state party convention.

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