Monday, June 20, 2011

2011 Bombshell: Sanders Withdraws from Council Race


Here's the release from the MCDP:

Council Minority Leader Sanders Withdraws from 2011 Council Ballot
Councillor Sanders’ Service Hailed as “Voice for Those Too Often Voiceless”

INDIANAPOLIS – At a press conference held today at Marion County Democratic Party Headquarters, City-County Council Minority Leader Joanne Sanders announced that she was withdrawing from the 2011 municipal ballot, citing work commitments that make a run at a fourth term impossible.

“Since early this year, the work that I do full time has been impacted by the attack on working people at the federal and state level,” Sanders said. “Initially, I was confident that things would ease up and I would fall into a rhythm where my work, council and campaign commitments would be tended. Sadly, that has not been the case.”

Councillor Sanders was first elected in 1999. Councillor Sanders was re-elected in 2003 and 2007, the only Democrat re-elected countywide that year. She was elected Minority Leader in 2008 and currently sits on the Administration and Finance Committee, Rules and Public Policy Committee, and Committee on Committees.

“It has been my honor to serve the people of Indianapolis for the last twelve years, and I sincerely appreciate the support shown to me by my constituents,” Sanders said. “I have enjoyed serving on the council, having learned from both the accomplishments and the disappointments.”

Councillor Sanders’ announcement followed much thought and reflection on how she could balance her professional responsibilities, her council responsibilities, and her responsibilities as a candidate seeking reelection.

“Councillor Sanders has been a leader on the City-County Council—not just in title, but in action,” Marion County Democratic Party Chairman Ed Treacy said. “Councillor Sanders has been a full throated advocate for the constituencies that needed her; she has been a voice for those too often voiceless.”

Treacy indicated that the ballot vacancy resulting from Councillor Sanders’ withdraw will be filled with all due haste, possibly as soon as tomorrow.


Councillor Sanders’ statement follows in its entirety.

Thank you all for joining us today. I have invited you all here to inform you that I am removing my name from the Democrat ballot for the office of Councillor At-Large in the 2011 General Election. It’s been my honor to serve the people of Indianapolis for the last twelve years, and I sincerely appreciate the support shown to me by my constituents.

This was not an easy decision for me to make. I have enjoyed serving on the council, having learned from both the accomplishments and the disappointments. As you all know, most of us have full time jobs. It becomes a real struggle at times to balance the work of the council with the work of a full time job and an election campaign. Since early this year, the work that I do full time has been impacted by the attack on working people at the federal and state level. Initially, I was confident that things would ease up and I would fall into a rhythm where my work, council and campaign commitments would be tended. Sadly, that has not been the case. For me, it’s an issue of fairness – I cannot do justice to the council, the campaign and my job over the next four years. So I must choose where my efforts will best be spent. After much soul searching, I have decided that my commitment to working people can best be met through my full time work. So, I will serve out this term and rally on a new class of councillors.

I want to thank my family and friends, my colleagues on the Council and the voters of Marion County for their support and commitment to me over the years. I will still be engaged in public service through my work and I trust that it will prove more effective in ensuring that all workers receive the dignity and respect we all crave through our vocations.


I wish the Councillor all the best, but I need to digest this information before I react. This certainly is a "game changer" as we enter the General Election season.

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