Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Race for Indy Mayor Getting Crowded

Over the weekend, the Republican nomination for Mayor got muddied.  I expected the "businessman running for Mayor" rumor to be Jeff Cardwell, as my reliable source had told me, but I was wrong.

Instead, three more Republicans joined the fray with Jocelyn-Tandy T. Adande and are now running for Greg Ballard's soon-to-be old job.

Former Hamilton County official, Terry Lee Michael, filed.  There was not much in the way of hoopla or fanfare for his filing.

Current Ballard Administration Deputy Mayor, Olgen Williams, announced he will file to run.  Williams is probably the most formidable Republican announced so far given his work in the community.  He is well-known on the Westside and near-Westside for his work in Haughville and with the Christamore House.  Largely marginalized by the Ballard Administration, he has been quiet for the majority of Ballard's years in office.

Perhaps drawn out by Williams' announcement, the Republican businessman that Kyle Walker had in his back pocket also announced on Monday.  That's Iraq War Veteran and local businessman, Chuck Brewer.  I'd like to tell you a lot about him, but, frankly, I don't know much about him.  It appears he owns a franchise of the Potbelly Sandwich Shop and a soup shop called Soupremacy.  He also wrote a book on how to get ROTC Scholarships.  He is a retired Lt. Colonel from the U.S. Army.

It appears also that Rev. Charles Harrison may be withdrawing his bid to run for Mayor saying that he won't run if Williams wins the nomination but may run as an independent (he will need 3,176 signatures by my count) if he doesn't.

So that means that if you're scoring at home...

Jocelyn-Tandy T. Adande, Chuck Brewer, Terry Michael, and Olgen Williams are running for Mayor as Republicans.

Joe Hogsett and Larry Vaughn as Democrats.

Sam Carson as an independent.

Got it?  Among this field, Hogsett still has to be considered a towering favorite.

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