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Indiana gets first out LGBTQ gubernatorial candidate

Josh Owens (Photo from Facebook)

INDIANAPOLIS — Josh Owens announced his candidacy for Indiana governor on Monday, being the first out gay candidate for the office.

Ally.TV reported that Owens was born in Shelbyville, Ind. and is the CEO of SupplyKick.

Owens, 34, told Ally.TV that he’s running because he “believes in an Indiana where teachers are paid what they deserve and where all are welcomed, respected and protected.” He went on to say, “We need a leader who will ensure our state budget, policies and laws reflect a bold and inclusive vision for collective Hoosier success.”

Owens graduated from Wabash College, and later earned his masters at London School of Economics. He also worked as a policy adviser for former U.S. Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.).

WTHR reported that he also serves on the boards of TechPoint Indiana, Indy Chamber, the Orr Fellowship and previously chaired the Indiana Charter School Board.

Owens told the TV station that he will focus on several topics including, paying teachers more and eliminating textbook fees for public school students, decriminalizing marijuana, and requiring strengthened background checks for any public or private gun purchases.

Ally.TV said he is running as a Democrat.