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From Left: Bartholomew County Republican Vice Chair DeWayne Hines, Candidate for Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence, Bartholomew County Republican Chair Barb Hackman (partially hidden) listen to David Apple during a visit to Upland Columbus Pump House, Saturday, August 13, 2016 Carla Clark | For The Republic

COLUMBUS, Ind. — In his first official return to his hometown since being named the Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said his top priority remains serving the people of Indiana, despite spending most of his time on the national campaign trail.

Pence, his wife, Karen, and Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb made three joint appearances at Columbus businesses early Saturday afternoon.

Saturday’s visit was the first time Pence had returned to Columbus since his stop at the Bartholomew County 4-H fair in July before he had been named Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s running mate. The governor also campaigned in his hometown in May and June when he was still in the midst of his re-election campaign.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5712.