College Democrats of Indiana spreading petition to help Superintendent Ritz

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Some Purdue students are playing a major role in a statewide petition to support the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The College Democrats of Indiana have started the Let Ritz Work Campaign to tell Gov. Mike Pence to quit interfering with Superintendent Glenda Ritz. The group feels Pence doesn’t allow Ritz to perform some of her duties, and takes away some of her authority.

A petition was started the first week of July with a goal of 500 signatures by August 25. About a week later they had more than 1,800 signatures and began aiming for 2,500.

Purdue student Molly Whitley is Vice President of the College Democrats of Indiana. She said Hoosiers have a right to be frustrated with the governor.

“Hoosiers elected Superintendent Ritz for a reason. They wanted to see a change and they wanted to see her do work and we can’t let the governor just stop her at every turn,” said Whitley.

She also said she’s proud Hoosiers are supporting their cause.

“I think it’s going very well. For such a somewhat small organization, that College Democrats of Indiana is, we are doing such a good job and the word is really getting out there,” said Whitley.

The group plans on giving the finished petition directly to Gov. Pence, Whitley said.

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