Carmel Republican planning election run against Holcomb

A Hamilton County Republican is planning to run for governor against incumbent Eric Holcomb.

Brian Roth, a Carmel resident and president of a consulting and leadership development firm called Employment 2 Deployment LLC, has filed paperwork to create a committee to run for governor.

According to Roth’s LinkedIn profile, he graduated from Taylor University in 1988 with a degree in physics and served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years.

Roth declined to comment, saying he would discuss his reasons for running after posting a video formally announcing the campaign in the next week or so.

Roth is the only Republican who has taken official steps to challenge Holcomb, who is favored to win re-election. Democrat Woody Myers and Libertarian Bill Levin also are running for governor.

According to the latest data from Morning Consult, 50% of Hoosiers approve of Holcomb, while 22% disapprove and 28% don’t have an opinion. Even in Indianapolis, which is largely Democratic, 60% say they approve of Holcomb and 24% say they disapprove, according to recent polling conducted by Mason Strategies on behalf of Indy Politics.

Holcomb also enjoys a hefty war chest heading into election season, with more than $6 million cash on hand as of July.

The Indiana Republican Party hasn’t had a contested gubernatorial primary since 2004.

Holcomb, who won election in 2016 over Democrat John Gregg, announced his re-election campaign in July, saying he would be “putting people first” by investing in jobs, infrastructure and ways to improve the health and education of Hoosiers.

A spokesperson for the Indiana GOP and Holcomb’s campaign did not immediately respond to IBJ’s request for comment.

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