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As the duo jumps around the state making every stop they can with the election only days away, what they need right now is a roadmap of Indiana.
Ellspermann made one such stop in Greencastle on Thursday, having worked her way south from stops in towns like Fowler, Pine Village and Cayuga earlier in the day.
"The most positive part of this experience is learning about the other 88 counties in this state from the four I represented," Ellspermann told the Banner Graphic.
She spoke of learning the individual nuances of local cultures but said one thing unites Indiana.
"Hoosiers are great across the state," she said.
During her stop at the Putnam County Republican headquarters on South Jackson Street, Ellspermann spoke individually to local candidates, party volunteers and voters before sharing a few words with the entire crowd of 20 or so onlookers.
"We really are in the last days of the campaign. It's such an exciting time," Ellspermann said.
The founding director of the Center for Applied Research at the University of Southern Indiana, Ellspermann did not get an early start on politics in her life. She holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and spent 20 years operating her own consulting firm.
But when Ellspermann returned to her hometown a few years ago, she found it was not the prosperous little town she remembered.
"Like many Americans, I wasn't involved since student council in high school," she said.
To get involved, Ellspermann enrolled in the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, a program aimed at getting more Republican women involved in public service.
After completion of the Lugar Series, she ran for her current position and won.
Not much more than a year into her term, she got a call from the Pence campaign asking her if she would be interested in being the U.S. Congressman's running mate in his bid for governor.
"Who'd be calling a two-year legislator and asking them to run for lieutenant governor?" Ellspermann asked.
But she accepted the invitation and was eventually chosen.
"Every interaction I've had with the Pence team and with Mike himself has been wonderful," she said.
Now onboard with Pence, a big focus for Ellspermann remains one of the problems she found when she returned to Ferdinand -- the brain drain.
Ellspermann spoke of plans to improve higher education and keep our educated students upon graduation.
"They have to have opportunities and our communities have to be attractive to them," she said.
The candidate pointed to making college more affordable, getting students to graduate in four years and in realizing that four-year college isn't for everyone, as key parts to the campaign's plans for education.
Besides education, Ellspermann also praised Gov. Mitch Daniels' fiscal policies for the last eight years, saying they have made Indiana a "job magnet."
Calling Daniels and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman "a tough act to follow," Ellspermann requested the support of the voters and reminded them the tough part of the Roadmap for Indiana starts in a couple of months, should the voters choose Pence for governor.
"Come January, it's time to implement it."