Tonight, I had the chance to sit down with Short for the first time at an event and really get to talk to him. I can see why folks say not to count him out in his run for Mayor.
Given a few moments to speak at the Decatur Township Democratic Club meeting, Short kept his message focused on getting the slate through the 2014 Primary, but he took a few moments to address something. He called Marion County a "donor county" to the rest of the state of Indiana. He said that Marion County should have $375,000,000 more in tax dollars by his calculations to spend on things like roads and streets, the City-County budget, and in other critical areas. He said that when he's Mayor that he'll fight to get that money back.
It was short, sweet, and to the point, but I can see where he could be a definite foil for Mayor Ballard. Short is quick-thinking and has experience with a variety of forms of government.
I still think there are other Democrats out there that will come out of the shadows to run, but Frank Short showed to me that perhaps I was unfair by classifying him as a long shot. He seems to be in it to win it.