Pam Hickman was chosen by Marion County Democratic Party Chair Ed Treacy to take Joanne Sanders' place on the November ballot in the At-Large City-County Council race.
Here is the release from from the Marion County Democratic Party:
Small Business Owner Pam Hickman Joins Democratic At-Large Council Ticket
INDIANAPOLIS – At a press conference held today at Marion County Democratic Party Headquarters, Chairman Ed Treacy named small business owner Pam Hickman as the At-Large Council Candidate who will fill the ballot vacancy created by Minority Leader Joanne Sanders’ withdrawal yesterday.
“Pam Hickman is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis and an active member of our community,” Chairman Treacy said. “Her success as a local business owner, paired with her commitment to serving others, makes her a great asset to our team as we fight to gain a Democratic majority on the City-County Council and continue to work for the people of Indianapolis.”
Hickman praised Minority Leader Joanne Sanders’ years of service, and spoke to her excitement about joining the Democratic ticket that includes At-Large candidates Zach Adamson, John Barth, and Leroy Robinson.
“I’m deeply committed to this city,” said Hickman. “I’m eager to join this excellent team of At-Large candidates to face the challenges before us, and to ensure Marion county residents have a council that speaks on their behalf.”
So, Hickman is off and running, but nothing is without controversy. I'm hearing a little push back from some inside the party about the lack of a caucus to name Sanders' replacement and some crazy-sounding conspiracy theories from outside the party.
I am sympathetic to the calls for a caucus, completely sympathetic, but I think this was the cleanest way for the party to decide this at this point.
A caucus could have been expensive to run, and it would have potentially set off a circus atmosphere which I'm sure the folks at the Marion County Party did not want. Secondarily, the question remains about whether some of the same voices calling for a caucus would have trusted the process enough to respect the results of the caucus. Things could have gotten nasty some four months short of November. Better to take a couple of lumps now than a bunch of lumps later.
Were there other candidates for the job that Treacy could have picked? Absolutely. You could make a case for Pat Andrews(who finished fifth in the Primary) or Annette Johnson (who ran hard for the job before losing in a tight race at slating) or any number of others as alternate candidates, but Hickman is a previous candidate for office and has run a campaign before (State Rep. against Cindy Noe in Indiana House 87). She is a fine addition to the at-large ticket.
As far as the conspiracy theories surrounding Sanders' abrupt departure from the ticket, aometimes a "cigar is just a cigar." Yes, it was sudden and surprising, but I'm hearing that Sanders' reasons for leaving the race were genuine. I'm hearing from sources familiar with the situation that everyone was shocked by her decision and few knew about it prior to her announcement on Monday.
We'll find out between now and June 30 if Treacy will have another decision to make. District 15 candidate Vop Osili could become Secretary of State if the Indiana Recount Commission decides Charlie White was not eligible to run for that statewide office and tosses him out of office.