Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Clark Out of Mayoral Race

Murray Clark
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Mark off Murray Clark.

Republican insider and former state lawmaker Murray Clark will not be a candidate for Mayor of Indianapolis in 2015. Clark told the Indianapolis Star that he was just not ready to return to public life. 

Clark was seen by many as a very reasonable choice to take on Joe Hogsett or Ed DeLaney in November of 2015. He’s more moderate politically than some Republicans, and that’s a big key to winning in Marion County and the City of Indianapolis. A far right candidate has not won a countywide election for anything in Marion County in at least 10 years.

Current Indy Mayor Greg Ballard won the first time around by portraying himself as an anti-tax crusader. He’s governed quite differently as some of his former supporters will attest. 

Marion County Republican Chair Kyle Walker told the Indianapolis Star that his party is talking with five individuals about running. It’s not clear who those people are or how they might go about taking on the Democrats.

I think much speculation will now center around State Senator James Merritt. Other names bandied about include Public Safety Director Troy Riggs, IMPD Chief Rick Hite, former City-County Councillor Ike Randolph, current City-County Councillors Mike McQuillen, Benjamin Hunter, and Jose Evans.


Paul K. Ogden said...

Not sure when Murray Clark became a political "moderate." He ran to the right when he upset Sen. Bill Soards, Sr. in a slating contest years ago. I think you'd be hard pressed to find issues where he doesn't satisfy the most conservative checklist. I think one issue that might have been against Clark running was that he didn't feel comfortable defending Ballard's legacy on taxes, spending and priorities.

Anonymous said...

Aaron Williams. Olgen's son is considering a run on the R side I hear..that would be interesting

johnnystir said...

Aaron is a good guy. I like him a lot (had him in class at one point), but he needs to build a resume on the Council or something first.

johnnystir said...

Paul, I was going by what many of my friends told me.

Anonymous said...

Rumor is the Republican Power
Brokers are try to talk Debora Daniels into running