Indianapolis, take a breath.
I met Vop sometime in 2010 when he was running for Secretary of State, and I'm proud to say that I've struck up a good friendship with him.
After the election in 2010, I received a call from Osili. It was New Year's Eve. He invited me to lunch at P.F. Chang's downtown. When we sat down for lunch, Osili said he wanted to pick my brain about the future.
I have to say it was a humbling moment for me. At the time, there was speculation that Osili could possibly run for Mayor of Indianapolis or even Governor of Indiana. I'm not going to tell you everything that was said, but what I got from the entire meeting is that Vop doesn't need to do this public service thing as an officeholder to be somebody. He has plenty to do, and he is a highly-respected businessman. The truth is that Vop WANTS to serve. He WANTS to give back to the near-Westside and to communities like Haughville where he grew up. He WANTS to truly make a difference.
It was never a surprise for me when Vop announced a few weeks later that he wasn't running for Mayor and that he would be pursuing a seat on the City-County Council. He easily won that election, and he's served that district with distinction since.
It's no surprise to me now, when his city needed him most, that Vop stood up and has raised his hand again. Like Maggie Lewis before him, Osili has a good, level head and a tremendous amount of integrity. He brings that with him to the leadership of the City-County Council.
Take a breath, Indianapolis. It's going to be ok.