Ed Treacy's had a busy few weeks.
The Marion County Democratic Party Chairman has named a couple of well-known candidates for Council in District 20 running against N. Susie Day and District 23 taking on Jeff Cardwell. Frank Mascari will run in District 20, and Scott Coxey will run in District 23.
Here's the release from the Marion County Democratic Party:
Marion County Democratic Chairman Names Two Candidates for District Races
INDIANAPOLIS – Marion County Democratic Chairman Ed Treacy announced today the names of two more candidates who will enter district races for the Indianapolis City-County Council. The addition of Scott Coxey (District 23) and local business owner Frank Mascari (District 20) leaves only two district races to be filled by the Democratic Party.
“We are pleased to welcome Eli Lilly employee Scott Coxey and Spalding Jewelry owner Frank Mascari to the team,” said Chairman Ed Treacy. “Democrats are invigorated by this year’s contests, and I’m thrilled that so many strong candidates are stepping forward. We will continue working to fill the remaining vacancies and ensure that no Republican is safe in 2011.”
Scott Coxey is a lifelong resident of Indy’s south side, having graduated from Perry Meridian High School. He went on to obtain an MBA in Knowledge Management, a Bachelors degree in Project Management, and AAS in Chemical Technology. He is a 13 year employee of Eli Lilly and Company working in process control engineering. Scott is an elected Precinct Committeeman. Scott and his wife Melissa are the proud parents of four children. He is a member of Saint Barnabas Parish. He is active in many community organizations and has spent many years as an active supporter of MSD Perry Township schools and athletics. Additionally, he is a member of H.O.G. – Harley Owner’s Group, and is an avid rider.
Frank Mascari is a local business owner who has spent his entire life working and living in the city of Beech Grove. A graduate of Beech Grove High School, he has owned and operated Spalding Jewelry for over 30 years. He has been an active member of the community, working with the Beech Grove Little League, and he previously served as president of the Beech Grove Lion’s Club. He and his wife Mary have been married for over 35 years and have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Both Coxey and Mascari are well-known in the community and represent excellent choices by the Chairman in these two districts.
The choice of Mascari really will make the Beech Grove-heavy District 20 an interesting affair. Day got 54 percent of the votes in 2007 against Keric Fitzgerald, and Mascari lost to Joe Wright for Mayor of Beech Grove by just 155 votes. He is well-known and well-liked in the community. Day also has been a longtime Grover. This is now a very interesting race to watch.
The numbers show things will be more difficult for Coxey in District 23, but he is definitely not going to go quietly. Coxey will challenge Councillor Cardwell every chance he gets, and I think will outperform the numbers in 2007 when Earl Williams fought hard but lost. Will that be enough to win? Who knows, but it's great to see someone on the ballot. Coxey does have some pedigree as well. He is the son-in-law of Terry Curry.
As the release points out, only District 5 and District 24 remain for Democrats to fill. The Chairman has less than a week to do it.