Josh Owens has just made history. The CEO of shopping website SupplyKick has announced his bid for the governorship of Indiana, becoming the first openly gay man to make a run for the office.
“I’m running for Governor now because I believe in an Indiana where teachers are paid what they deserve and where all are welcomed, respected and protected,” Owens said in his announcement. “We need a leader who will ensure our state budget, policies and laws reflect a bold and inclusive vision for collective Hoosier success. Today, many Indiana teachers have to work second jobs and even then, they spend their own money on classroom supplies. As a businessman, I know every Hoosier in the workplace matters, and leadership is required to solve this problem and finally pay them fairly.”
Owens, who is running as a Democrat, also includes a platform of enacting protections for LGBTQ people in the workplace and in housing. Before stepping into the office of CEO of SupplyKick, he served as a professor of economics at Butler University. He also held the chair of the Indiana Charter School Board, after then-governor Mike Pence appointed him to the position.