GOP candidate for top state education posts wants investigation into no-bid deal

Democrat Glenda Ritz smiles on the steps of the old St. Joseph County Courthouse in downtown South Bend on Friday, June 5, 2015. (Krystal Vivian/95.3 MNC)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican challenger of Indiana schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz wants authorities to investigate a contract benefiting a company that hired a Ritz aide.

Ritz’s office denies wrongdoing and says they have “every confidence that all parties acted appropriately.” But candidate Jennifer McCormick says a report from The Associated Press on Wednesday about the no-bid contract shows there is a “pattern of mismanagement.”

The AP revealed a $573,000 deal to develop a mobile app for Ritz’s office could grow into a multi-million dollar payday for AT&T and software developer N2N Services.

Records show it was not publicly bid and was structured in a way that circumvented formal review by state officials who vet contracts. Former Ritz aide David Galvin helped orchestrate the deal and later took a job with N2N Services.

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