U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says he will not run for Indianapolis mayor or any statewide office in the next two years.
“This is the best job I have ever had and I am proud of the Office’s accomplishments over the last three years,” Hogsett said in a statement. “I’m also keenly aware of the challenges that remain and the tasks still undone and I look forward to serving the remainder of my term in office working tirelessly to make this state a safer place for all Hoosiers.”
Hogsett’s term runs through the beginning of 2017. President Obama appointed Hogsett to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana in 2010.
Some had speculated Hogsett would run for Indianapolis mayor in 2015. Mayor Greg Ballard has not said whether he will run for re-election.
When former gubernatorial hopeful John Gregg announced last fall he would not seek another bid for governor, he named Hogsett as someone he thought might be a good candidate for the Democratic party.
Hogsett first announced he was not running to Indianapolis Star columnist Matthew Tully. Tully writes that the decision significantly decreases the Democratic Party’s chances of taking the mayoral seat.
Had Hogsett entered the race for mayor, many Democrats believe they would have had a solid chance of defeating incumbent Republican Mayor Greg Ballard next year. Without Hogsett, the party lacks a big-name candidate. State Rep. Ed Delaney has openly discussed interest in the race, and Washington Township Trustee Frank Short, a former City-County councilman, told me Wednesday that he would run for mayor if Hogsett did not.
But without Hogsett, it appears Ballard will enter the race as the front-runner if, that is, he seeks a third term.
Some political analysts also considered Hogsett a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Dan Coats.