Indiana State Senator Karen Tallian says she will run for Governor in 2016.

In a Sunday interview with the Times of Munster, Tallian said, “Somebody needs to stand for the Democratic, progressive point of view, because in that last election there’s almost half the people in the state of Indiana whose voices were not recognized.”   She called herself a “clearer, more progressive choice.”

Tallian, from Ogden Dunes, has served in the legislature since 2005.   She says her focus will be the middle class, but she has also been an advocate of reforming the state’s laws when it comes to marijuana.

The only other announced Democrat in the race is former Speaker of the House John Gregg.  Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz is considering a run.

Incumbent Governor Mike Pence is expected to seek a second term.