Democratic gubernatorial candidate Woody Myers has selected a former state lawmaker to be his lieutenant governor candidate.
Myers, a former Indiana state health commissioner and Anthem Inc. executive, announced in a virtual press conference Friday morning that former state Rep. Linda Lawson will be his running mate.
Initially, the deadline for Myers to make a decision was noon Tuesday, but the Indiana Democratic State Central Committee delayed the deadline to 10 a.m. Friday.
Lawson, 71, represented a northwest Indiana district at the Statehouse for 20 years. She retired in 2018 to move to Brown County.
When she left the state Legislature, she was the second-ranking House Democrat, serving as Indiana House Democratic Floor Leader since 2012. She also served six years as House Judiciary Committee chairwoman when Democrats controlled the chamber.
When she announced her retirement, she said she was tired after 41 years of public service. She had also worked as a Hammond police officer for 24 years and served on a school board for 12 years.
Lawson also said she thought the environment at the Statehouse had become “toxic.”
Myers, 66, who does not have a primary challenger, is hoping to beat Republican incumbent Eric Holcomb in the fall. Holcomb’s running mate is Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.