Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hogsett to Announce Mayoral Bid Today in Famous Location

Joe Hogsett is expected to announce he’s running for Mayor of Indianapolis this evening at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Indianapolis. It’s a more than symbolic way of launching a campaign.

It was at this park on the night that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis that Robert F. Kennedy eloquently and compassionately broke the news to a predominantly minority audience that had come to watch him campaign.  The two great Americans are forever linked by that moment.  They are also memorialized int he park with the beautiful bronze Landmark for Peace Memorial in which King and Kennedy are depicted as reaching out for each other's hands.  It's a poignant reminder that even though both lives were cut short in violence, the dream of racial equality continues as long as we keep reaching for it.

I don't know what Joe plans to highlight this evening at 5:45 p.m. in his announcement, but I am glad he's taking the step.  

So far on the campaign trail, Joe has been a consistent force pounding the pavement and getting to know folks all around the city. He’s also been quietly shoring up support, and it appears that no matter what Ed DeLaney does, Hogsett has an impressive list of supporters and endorsements that no one on this side of the aisle can match.

Hogsett finds himself in a new role politically. Perhaps for the first time in any campaign, he starts from in front. He’s the favorite, and the Rushville native isn’t taking anything for granted so far.

He can't take anything for granted.  While the Republicans are left without a candidate, he can leave no doubt about what the best way forward for Indianapolis is.  While Ed DeLaney remains in the race, Joe has cobbled together an impressive list of supporters and endorsements.  He's been working on those since he resigned from the U.S. Attorney's job.

The run to 2015 has begun.

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