Indiana's former state commerce secretary joins crowded Republican gubernatorial primary
Indiana’s crowded Republican primary for governor has a new candidate.
Brad Chambers, who recently stepped down as Indiana secretary of commerce, threw his hat into the ring Thursday.
Chambers served two years running the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. And he said that service is helping drive his decision to run for governor.
In a statement announcing his bid, he repeatedly used the word “vision,” emphasizing that Indiana needs someone with urgency and ambitious aspiration to help lead the state.
Chambers helped oversee a shift in economic development strategy at IEDC, with a recent emphasis on spending hundreds of millions of dollars to buy up land and prepare it for companies to locate on — without knowing whether that investment will pay off.
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Prior to his time in state government, Chambers led a real estate investment firm for decades.