The Star is reporting that a former student in my University of Indianapolis state and local government class is running for Mayor:
City-Council Councilman José Evans announced today that he will file documents Tuesday to form an exploratory committee to run for Indianapolis mayor.
Evans was raised in the Haughville area and graduated from Cathedral High School, according to a biography on the city's Web site. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Indianapolis and a masters in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion.
Evans is one of four Democrats who will try for the city's top job.
Republican Mayor Greg Ballard hasn't said publicly whether he will seek a second term, but recently filed documents showed he had a little more than $1 million in campaign money.
Contenders file exploratory committees to begin testing the waters for fundraising purposes.
Other who are in the running: former City-County Council member Ron Gibson; Melina Kennedy, a Baker & Daniels attorney and deputy mayor under former Mayor Bart Peterson; and local entrepreneur Brian Williams.
Good luck to Jose. It's hard not to like Jose considering his friendly personality and his interest in public service. While he is a long-shot at this point, I think Jose would bring fresh blood to the 25th Floor - an outsider who unlike Ballard would remain an outsider after elected. Just wish Jose were a Republican.
I don't know much about Jose Evans, but I would actually consider voting for him. I would NOT vote for Melinda Kennedy due to her association and active role in the Peterson administration.
I like the idea of a choice. I hope that the pressing issues will be addressed in all the campaigns. I'd like to hear of their vision for Indy - real stuff, not 'building a world class city' stuff.
Paul? Really. What's the difference between a Republican and a Democrat these days? They are basically the same difference.
Yes, HFFT is right. The same interests run both parties.
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