Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Democrats Get More Possible At Large Candidates

In the race for the Democratic nominations for At-Large City-County Council, Zach Adamson, John Barth, Annette Johnson, and Councillor Joanne Sanders seem to have a good head start on the competition, but two other Democrats seem ready to join the fray.

Former Decatur Township School Board member, neighborhood activist, and local blogger Pat Andrews is trying to decide whether to make an At-Large run for Council or a run for the District 22 seat. In preparation for her run, she recently resigned her positions on the board of the Marion County Alliance of Neighborhood Associations and as Land Use Chair of the Decatur Township Civic Council. With a great deal of expertise and contacts at her disposal, I think she's a solid candidate. And, in the interest of full disclosure, like Zach Adamson, she is a close personal friend.

Also at least exploring a run is former IPS School Board member and current educator, Leroy Robinson. Robinson announced at a recent township club meeting that he was considering running. He has a strong community background and, according to Democratic sources, has a very solid resume.

As far as the four candidates that are out and about already, Barth recently released, via his website, a position paper on strong neighborhoods. Johnson continues to schedule fundraisers and meet-and-greets. She recently sent a letter to Ward Chairs re-announcing her campaign and stating her qualifications for the job. Adamson is also doing the meet-and-greet thing while Joanne Sanders works hard on the Council to try to stave off what has become a very non-responsive (to its constituents) Republican majority.



With Sanders almost assuredly guaranteed a slated seat, it will be interesting to see what candidates decide to proceed through the slating process or what candidates decide to try to buck the Marion County Democratic Party and detour around that process. There are also candidates that may file after slating and before the Primary Election deadline that no one saw coming.

This figures to be a very expensive and long Primary Election season given the prospect of Democrats re-taking the Council and the Mayor's Office.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

The new candidates are a fresh welcoming. Joanne Sanders needs to go to the political graveyard along with her boy pal Monroe Gray, et al, she's too partisian and stood behind corruption lock, stock and barrel instead of showing internal leadership and reigning those clowns in when they grossly misbehaved.

We need all new candidates and the historical memory, well, it needs to be laid to rest, because it stinks to high-heaven.

Anonymous said...

Whoa there Anonymous 1:03 am. Joannae Sanders has been an outstanding and hard working represnetative of the working class and less fortunate. Her integrity is unquestionable. For whatever reason I think you are a bit misguided.

Indy Student said...

Jon, Pat's web page seems to be set up to run for At-Large rather than a District seat.

Anonymous said...

If I recall correctly, LeRoy Robinson ran against the Democratic slate a few years ago. I believe it was in a race involving Cherrish Pryor.

Anonymous said...

King Ro Connelly has said he is running as well.

Jon E. Easter said...

Anon 4:05 p.m.
Can you please tell me where you heard this?

Paul K. Ogden said...

When it comes to understanding complicated budgetary and financial matters no one on the council comes close to Pat Andrews. I think they would be foolish to not slate her.

Plus, the Democrats regularly lose all three southern townships, the only place in the county where they do lose now. The Ds could start making inroads there by selecting at-large and county-wide canddiates from the southern townships. Pat Andrews is from Decatur Township...a township that is small enough that, with a concerted effort, could be the next township to go D, maybe within the next 10 years.

Paul K. Ogden said...

When it comes to understanding complicated budgetary and financial matters no one on the council comes close to Pat Andrews. I think they would be foolish to not slate her.

Plus, the Democrats regularly lose all three southern townships, the only place in the county where they do lose now. The Ds could start making inroads there by selecting at-large and county-wide canddiates from the southern townships. Pat Andrews is from Decatur Township...a township that is small enough that, with a concerted effort, could be the next township to go D, maybe within the next 10 years.

Anonymous said...

Ro announced it at a Lawrence Township Democrat Club meeting over the summer.

Jon E. Easter said...

King Ro has not been seen at any club meetings on the Southside, so no one knows he's running. Sanders, Barth, Johnson, and Adamson have been out and about for months.

King Ro also has yet to re-open a campaign committee. His old one closed effective May 5, 2008.

http://www.indy.gov/eGov/County/Clerk/Election/Candidate_Info/MCEBCampaignFinanceArchive/Filings/conley%2C%20lonnell_cncl-ccc_2009-05-04_misc.pdf

http://www.indy.gov/eGov/County/Clerk/Election/Candidate_Info/MCEBCampaignFinanceArchive/Candidates/Conley_Lonnell.html