Melina Kennedy's campaign keeps racking up the endorsements. On January 12, the campaign announced that it had received the endorsement of the Coalition of United Professionals. Here is a portion of the news release:
Indianapolis--Today, the Coalition of United Professionals (CUP), acting through its political action committee, endorsed Melina Kennedy in her campaign for mayor of Indianapolis.
The Coalition of United Professionals is an organization of twenty professionals that represent a new generation of black business and civic leaders throughout Central Indiana whose ultimate focus is creating opportunities for minority owned businesses as well as having a direct impact on the Federal, State and Local political process.
CUP's chairman, Joseph L. Smith, Jr., cited Kennedy’s experience as vital to the endorsement.
“I’ve known Melina for some time and, hands down, her experience as a proven and successful job-creator makes her the best choice for mayor,” Smith said.
CUP member Gabe Bender added: "CUP looks forward to working with Melina to get Indianapolis moving again by growing the local economy and making Indianapolis a more vibrant, diverse and competitive city that is attractive to professionals and small businesses."
Kennedy thanked CUP for their support. “I am grateful to have the support of the Coalition of United Professionals and look forward to working closely with them to make Indianapolis a city that reaches higher.”
For those of you keeping score at home, former Congressman Andy Jacobs, former Mayor Bart Peterson, and several prominent CEOs and business leaders have come out in favor of Kennedy. Unions also have shown early support for her. AFSCME Local 1887 (Indy Parks), International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers Local 18, and the LIUNA all have endorsed her.
Kennedy and businessman Brian Williams are the two announced Democratic candidates for Mayor of Indianapolis with a couple of other possible candidates waiting in the wings, too.