Monday, December 14, 2009

Peterson Endorses Kennedy

Melina Kennedy's string of endorsements continued Monday as former two-term Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson endorsed his former Deputy Mayor's candidacy for Mayor of Indianapolis. Terry "Scoop" Burns reported that this news was coming a few days ago over at the Indianapolis Times blog.

If you haven't seen it yet, here's the release from the Kennedy campaign.

Indianapolis--Today, former Indianapolis mayor Bart Peterson endorsed Melina Kennedy in her campaign for mayor of Indianapolis. Peterson, whom Kennedy served as Deputy Mayor and Economic Development Director, singled out Kennedy's accomplishments, leadership and work ethic in supporting her candidacy.

"First, Melina is a proven and experienced job-creator. When hundreds lost their jobs at the United Airlines airport maintenance facility, I watched Melina work incredibly hard and show remarkable creativity to bring new jobs to Indianapolis. At the end of the day, after relentless effort, we brought a new company to Indianapolis that now employs hundreds at the facility again."

"Second, Melina is a courageous, passionate and visionary leader. As a husband and father, I know Melina will work tirelessly to build an Indianapolis where our children and grandchildren can be safe, receive high quality education, and reach their dreams. Melina knows how to reach across lines that sometimes separate people, bringing together families, neighborhoods, labor, business, and the broader community."

"And finally, no one out-works Melina. She won't stop until we are a leader in job creation. She won't stop until every child gets the education they need to achieve their potential. And she won't stop until our rivers run clean and we are a truly sustainable city."

Kennedy thanked Peterson for his support and his leadership of Indianapolis. "I am honored to have Mayor Peterson's support. His dedication to this city, his leadership, and his passion for new ideas made this city a better place to live, work and raise a family."

With this one, Kennedy has pulled in a major endorsement. Peterson's nod probably won't effect Brian Williams' campaign for the office or keep out folks like José Evans, but it might make former Peterson Administration City Controller Kathy Davis think twice before entering the fray. It seems awfully early for Peterson, a current executive at Lilly, to throw his weight one way or another, so maybe this one was a shot across Davis' bow as she continues to weigh a run. Rumor on the street is that Davis has a big name backer of her own. I guess we shall see!

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