November 13, 2014

Hogsett Makes It Official


Former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, shown here in his office in 2010, announced Wednesday that he is running for Mayor of Indianapolis. - AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, shown here in his office in 2010, announced Wednesday that he is running for Mayor of Indianapolis.

AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett has officially entered the 2015 race for mayor of Indianapolis. Hundreds of supporters Wednesday evening braved the cold as Hogsett declared candidacy.

It’s seemed a forgone conclusion Hogsett would mount a campaign for the city’s highest office since he announced his resignation as U.S. Attorney in July — a position he’d held for four years —and then formed an exploratory committee in August. But for three months, Hogsett has held off on an official announcement until Wednesday night.

Former Governor and U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh introduced Hogsett, saying a democratic administration run by the former prosecutor would govern pragmatically, not ideologically.

“The only test that he will have for the ideas in a Hogsett administration will be what works. What will build a better Indianapolis," Bayh said. "What will move us forward together? That’s the kind of mayor Joe Hogsett will be.”

Hogsett spoke from the spot Robert Kennedy addressed a crowd the night of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 and tried to invoke the unity of that moment as he formally declared his candidacy.

“And so tonight, I’m asking you to join me in rekindling that spirit once again, as I formally announce my candidacy for mayor of Indianapolis,” he said.

Hogsett laid out his campaign agenda in broad strokes, saying public safety, education and economic security are among the issues the entire city needs to address.

“Wherever somebody is shot and killed, our whole city is degraded. Wherever a student drops out, our whole city is devalued," Hogsett said. "And on this very night, as 1 in 3 children in Indianapolis lives in poverty, our whole city is ashamed.”

State Representative Ed Delaney is the only other democrat to formally announce his candidacy so far for next year’s election. No republican has entered the race, but that will soon change with Mayor Greg Ballard last week announcing he will not seek re-election.

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