|Libertarian Councilor |
Coleman, who was elected as a Republican at-large councilor in 2007, switched to the Republican Party because of a disagreement with how the Republican council majority was being run, including the backlash he faced in his own caucus when tried to ask questions about the Capital Improvement Board. Coleman, who has always expressed libertarian-type views, said he felt more at home in the Libertarian Party.
In what was one of the shrewder political moves I've seen in awhile, Coleman opted to not run for re-election for a at-large position, but rather to concentrate on trying to win in h his southside district, District 24, a which leans heavily Republican. The district is represented by Jack Sandlin who replaced Mike Speedy after he was elected to the General Assembly. Sandlin came to his position though with baggage. Sandlin lost badly to Gary Coons in the 2006 Republican primary after having served for years as Perry Township Trustee. Animosity in the township, in particular among Perry Township firefighters, doomed Sandlin's re-election.
Coleman's efforts in District 24 have been aided by Marion County Democratic Chairman Ed Treacy who decided not to appoint a Democratic candidate to contest Sandlin's district, a move which could have caused anti-Sandlin vote from going to Coleman.
|Republican Councilor |
Finally, I can't help but note how giddy the Democrats undoubtedly are at Coleman's fundraising success. Now faced with an opponent funded to the tune of $65,000, the Republican Party will likely have to spend to defend an incumbent councilor who would have been in a safe seat. Given the number of close districts Republicans have to defend, this isn't good news for Republican Marion County Chairman Kyle Walker.
Thanks to Featherstone on Government for tipping me off to the story.