Thursday, January 27, 2011
Osili Brings Certain "Star Power" to Council Race
As you know by now, Vop Osili has declared his candidacy for City-County Council in District 15. Osili did things right by talking to Doris Minton-McNeill (who had not declared her intentions to run or not to run) and to Blake Johnson (who agreed to leave the race and support Vop) before just barging in. Osili also clearly struck all the right chords by talking about his willingness to serve.
In Marion County, Osili has become a true political star. While his statewide campaign did not go well, Vop did very well here in this county beating Charlie White by over 20,600 votes here. Given those results and a strong local push, people had him running for everything from State Party Chair to Governor to Mayor to Dog Catcher...ok...not Dog Catcher.
His talents as a businessman and community member will be needed on the Council.
Hats off to Blake Johnson who was running a fine campaign in the 15th. I know that his youthful enthusiasm would have served the district well, but I know he knows that he's leaving the Democratic nomination in good hands.
As far as Doris Minton-McNeill is concerned, she had an extremely rocky beginning that was more than well-documented. We don't need to rehash. Over the last few months, she has been much better. Had she re-upped for reelection, she would have had a tough run to defeat Johnson, but she had the power of incumbency.
Moving forward, it's hard to believe the Republicans will even attempt to put up much of a fight against Osili in the 15th. Osili's going to do a great job.