VALPARAISO | Local Republicans came out to show their support for gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence and other hopefuls Friday at the Porter County Reagan Rally at Task Force Tips.
"We're just campaigning all over the state of Indiana. Northwest Indiana is a place where we've been carrying our positive message for building an even better Indiana," Pence said. "We thought that coming here to a great local success story, where we actually had one of the stops on our job tour, and was the right fit. I was extremely proud to see a crowd of this magnitude.
State Sen. Ed Charboneau, Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas and public schools Superintendent Tony Bennett were some of the speakers at the rally. They urged people to vote on Tuesday, and to think of future generations when voting.
"Think about the people standing here 15 years from now. You want to make the right decisions so our kids will be proud of us," Bennett said.
Bennett discussed the importance of education, saying Indiana has become a leader in the country by giving parents more control in education, every student has outstanding teachers, and that the state holds teachers accountable.
"Do we want to roll back the state's highest graduation rate in history? Or the gains made in the classroom?" Bennett asked. "We have to continue what we have done, and use 55 percent of the budget for our children."
Pence told the crowd why he is running for governor, saying that he loves the state and that it's no ordinary time in Indiana.
"We need to take this state from good to great," Pence said to his supporters. "It's time to go to the next level and build on the progress we've made."
He noted Indiana has a balanced budget, cut taxes and created jobs. Pence said that he wants Indiana to be a leader in the Midwest and in the country regarding job creation. He urged his supporters to make sure that the state has the right leaders in Washington, D.C., who will "keep us on the pathway from going good to great."
"If we continue to provide leadership on common sense and values that make the state great, Indiana can do one more thing — it can lead the way," Pence said.