At a time when racial tensions are putting a focus on criminal justice reform, Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has broken with some in his party to say “Black lives matter.”
His Democratic opponent, Dr. Woody Myers, appreciates the sentiment, but thinks that’s no longer good enough.
It’s not as if either candidate has released detailed policy papers on how they would tackle the toughest challenges in Indiana’s expansive criminal justice system. Yet even absent such proposals, both Holcomb and Myers have used speeches and interviews to cast their visions on race and policing as the Nov. 3 election approaches.
Any voter even mildly familiar with the state of partisanship this election cycle could probably guess some of the differences between the visions. Myers, the first Black man nominated by a major party to run for Indiana governor, wants to overhaul various aspects of policing; Holcomb has not gone that far. Myers wants to partially decriminalize marijuana possession;…