October 8, 2018: Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced on Monday, October 1, 2018, that she would not run for re-election to the position in 2020. The news occurs less than halfway through her first term in office. The surprise announcement occurred as McCormick addressed the Indiana Department of Education's 2019 legislative priorities. On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, McCormick announced that she would also not run for re-election as the Chairman of the Indiana State Board of Education upon the completion of her second term in that office. McCormick plans to continue to work as a Member of the State Board of Education, according to a press release from Adam Baker, Press Secretary. “The position of Chair, as structured by state leaders prior to my time in office, is irrelevant to policy outcomes. My time and attention are better utilized without this unnecessary distraction,” McCormick said. McCormick was voted into office in 2016 when she defeated Glenda Ritz, Democrat. At the time, Ritz was the only Democrat elected to statewide office.