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.