Anyone who has watched the council over the last four years wouldn't characterize Day as a dynamic, charismatic councilor. Day is very quiet and rarely speaks. Possibly she is different on the campaign trial, though I have doubts.
The Democrats recruited a strong candidate to run against her. Frank Mascari is a life-time Beech Grove resident, long active in the community. Mascari, who owns a local jewelry store, ran losing by just 165 votes. On paper, it looks like an ideal opportunity for the Democrats to pick up a seat or at the very least force the Republicans to spend a lot to defend the seat.
While that may look like a lackluster report, it is substantially better than Mascari's. According to Mascari's report, he has had only one contribution, a $700 donation by ... Frank Mascari. He has spent just $662.86 on his campaign and reports having $37.14 left in the bank.
The 2010 baseline numbers showed that this district is 55-45 Republican. It is one of the few areas in the county that is trending more Republican. Still 55-45 is well within the range of being competitive. Yet the candidates and their parties do not appear to be competing.
This close district with inactive, under financed candidates, perhaps reveals the nature of this campaign. Out of 13 Republican councilors, 8 are in competitive districts. Meanwhile the Democrats have only one Democratic incumbent, Dane Mahern, who is in a competitive district, a district which in fact leans Republican. Dane Mahern's district is next to Day's, once again in the only part of the county (Northern Perry and Southern Center) which has become more Republican Bottom line, the Democrats are blessed with so many Republican targets they apparently have the luxury of overlooking a competitive seat in Beech Grove.