|Councillor Brian Mahern|
The City-County Councillor apparently announced last week on his Facebook page his resignation and formally submitted a letter. I'm told that became official today.
No definitive word on who will replace Mahern, but a caucus of precinct committeepersons will convene soon. I'm told a "long time Eastside activist" is a favorite to replace him.
Mahern was once seen as a rising star in the party. First elected in 2007, Mahern turned the district seat blue again by defeating Scott Keller. Keller won the seat by just a few votes in 2003. Keller had fallen out of favor of the Republican Party after supporting the IMPD/Marion County Sheriff's Department merger and the Council's non-discrimination ordinance.
Mahern won reelection by a wide margin in 2011. Before a meltdown with his own caucus which saw him vacate the Vice President's chair and attempt to overthrow Council President Maggie Lewis, Mahern was thought of as a challenger for Mayor of Indianapolis in the upcoming 2015 elections. His political future had been mired in some uncertainty since his withdrawal from the Democratic caucus. Recently, Mahern had been reportedly attempting to mend fences with other Democrats on the Council.
At his best, Councillor Mahern was a thoughtful voice and champion of many important issues on the Council. That Brian Mahern will be missed as he steps away from his Council duties. My sincere best to him.