GOP candidate ousts sole Democrat from statewide office

Photo shows State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. (WLFI File Photo)
Photo shows State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. (WLFI File Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The only Democrat holding a state office has been ousted as Republican Jennifer McCormick defeated incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

Ritz had frequent clashes with Republican legislators and Pence over education policy over the past four years.

McCormick, now the superintendent of the Yorktown Community Schools near Muncie, was critical of Ritz’s management of the Education Department and maintained she could work better with the General Assembly.

Republican Curtis Hill, the prosecutor in northern Indiana’s Elkhart County, was elected the new state attorney general. He defeated Democrat Lorenzo Arredondo, a retired judge from northwestern Indiana’s Lake County.