A source has told Indy Democrat that Republicans plan to announce within the next few days that former City-County Councillor Jeff Cardwell will be their candidate for Mayor of Indianapolis.
Cardwell was elected to the Council in 2007 and was reelected in 2011, but he ended up leaving the Council for a position in Governor Mike Pence's Administration in late 2012. Cardwell owns and operates Cardwell Do-It-Best Home Center on Indy's Southside.
In his campaign for Council, Cardwell played up his conservatism and religious background. In a campaign for Mayor, you can bet you'll hear plenty about how he worked with Mayor Greg Ballard and the Council to help create the Gateway South District and keep the Miracle Mile Parade going strong.
If this is true, and he is actually running for Mayor, Cardwell is a legitimate candidate for Republicans and given his ties to Governor Mike Pence you would figure would have avenues to raise money beyond his own. The problem for Cardwell is that his politics may be fine for his old City-County Council district but too far to the right for the rest of Marion County.