Friday, April 8, 2011
Slated, Unslated At-Large Dems Working Hard for Votes
As the May Primary approaches quickly, the race on the Democratic side for City-County Council appears to be heating up.
Because alphabetical order is not the friend of the slate, the volunteers and slated D's on the ballot for City-County Council, At-Large are already out and canvassing in all nine townships with Melina Kennedy's camp. The MCDP is also phonebanking for their slate utilizing volunteers on behalf of and from the campaigns of Zach Adamson, John Barth, Leroy Robinson, and Joanne Sanders.
The problem for the slate is that if many Joe or Jane Democrats go to the polls and vote for the first four names on the ballot, you will end up with Zach Adamson, Pat Andrews, John Barth, and Sherron Franklin as the nominees instead of the four slated candidates mentioned earlier. Besides the alphabetical issue, I think there are a couple of other things working against the slate of four.
So, who's in the strongest position to make it through the primary? To me, that's Zach Adamson and John Barth. They are solid candidates with good resumes and have been working hard with active campaigns that have been out there for a long time visiting clubs and making lots of contacts. If either one of those two lose out in the primary, I'll be shocked.
Further down the ballot, the issues show up.
There seems to be an undercurrent of loyal Democrats that feel as if they don't quite know Leroy Robinson as well as some of the other candidates on the ballot. He only entered the race about a month or so before slating and some heavy-hitting allies came in to help push him through the slating process. From what I've seen from Leroy, he's a great guy, and he's going to make a solid Councillor. Also, I don't think he's ignoring the concerns of those Dems. On the contrary, I believe he has heard the concerns and is taking steps to get out there.
Councillor Joanne Sanders has not made too many appearances out on the campaign trail as of yet. Given her position as an incumbent on the Council, she's probably fine, but you never know. Stranger things have happened. The only time Ed Treacy has lost a member of his slate is in these types of elections where it is not a vote for one situation. On the At-Large ballot, you vote for four.
It's difficult to beat the slate. There will be slate cards in the hands and at the doors of nearly every polling site in Marion County. The unslated candidates have uphill climbs for sure.
Sherron Franklin has a lot of baggage from her previous term representing a district on the council from her votes against the police merger and the human rights ordinance. The latter is probably more damaging in Democrat circles. She has yet to make much of a play for votes that I have seen, and she still has yet to explain her vote on the Human Rights Ordinance to any satisfaction of this voter.
Pat Andrews, to me, is the strongest candidate of the two non-slated candidates, and I believe she's also a strong candidate period. Even her strongest critics agree as almost everyone does, that she would make a tremendous City-County Councillor. Andrews is also taking a tremendous risk. By signing the slating agreement and now running against the slate, Andrews cannot be slated for another Marion County office for a period of six years. I don't think that's a big deal to Pat, but it is a factor for her in the minds of the most loyal party Democrats.
Whichever four players emerge, it will be a campaign-tested group that will be ready to take back the Council in November.
In the interest of full disclosure, I am an honorary co-chair of Zach Adamson's At-Large Council campaign. My opinions are mine, and they do not speak for the Adamson campaign.