In an interview following a Thursday appearance before local manufacturers in Great Dane, Brazil, Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch said she plans to make a statement in the near future regarding a possible campaign for governor.

Suzanne Crouch, Lieutenant Governor of Indiana.

“My state and local experience in the executive and legislative branches prepared me to be a lieutenant governor and to work alongside the governor,” said Crouch, who served with Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb. since 2017. “I also believe that God puts us in places for a reason, I think I’m in a place for a reason and you can expect an announcement later this year.

During his keynote with manufacturers, Crouch celebrated that Indiana leads the nation in advanced manufacturing and is third in the nation in positioning for jobs in industries of the future. But she also noted that for the state to continue leading advanced manufacturing, its manufacturing facilities need to be upgraded.

Noting that most manufacturing jobs require more than a high school diploma, Crouch touted employee preparation and workforce training grants, adding that “800,000 Hoosiers have taken the opportunity to train and acquire the necessary skills.

Crouch also enthused that a $400,000 Hoosier Business Investment Tax Credit will help Indiana’s Wabash Valley Powder Coaters create 20 jobs in the area.

“This gathering today are people who are invested in manufacturing,” Crouch said. “These groups working together to help this industry grow here in west central Indiana are extremely critical and important, and that’s why I was here with them today – to celebrate the successes they have had, to familiarize them with some of the opportunities the state provides and encourage them to look to the future.

She also said she believed Holcomb would grant a request from Republican lawmakers in the state to call a special legislative session if the Supreme Court struck down parts of Roe V. Wade. The special session would deal with legislation on women’s control over their own bodies in the event of pregnancy.

“I can’t speak for him, but I would suspect he would,” Crouch said.

David Kronke can be reached at 812-231-4232 or [email protected]