|Joe Hogsett Speaks to the Decatur Democrats|
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Hogsett arrived in the room early and worked it to the hilt. Hugs, kisses, handshakes, and old stories were exchanged. It was like five years that he had been out of the political game had not occurred. The distinct feeling was "Joe was back" and he was with his people.
His prepared remarks talked at length about how important it is to support the 2014 candidates. He said that anyone that has volunteered for his campaign at this early stage is being encouraged to make calls for the Democratic slate of candidates this year.
Later, when pressed, Hogsett hinted that an official announcement about his campaign would follow the November 4 election. "We'll have a whole year to talk about the issues," Hogsett said.
Hogsett promised a vigorous campaign spending a lot of time on the Southside of Indianapolis which he said he feels has been neglected by the Mayor. He also said that he will be spending a lot of time talking about crime and criticized the Mayor for taking this long to come up with a crime plan.
Closing his visit in Decatur, Hogsett had a chance to drive home what seemed like might make a good theme for a Mayoral campaign. He said that there are some beautiful neighborhoods and areas in Indianapolis. He called them "gilded in gold" areas. Hogsett said that if you go sometimes just a few blocks down the road that you'll find some of the toughest neighborhoods in town. He said that in these areas that the residents have "lost hope." Hogsett said, "Well, I think that it's our job...as Democrats...to provide them again with hope."