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Marion County Democratic Party Chairman Joel Miller says he believes most Indianapolis residents don‘t feel safer now than they did when Greg Ballard was first elected mayor.
“If you remember the first time Greg Ballard was elected, he ran on public safety being job one and saying that there weren’t enough police on the streets and that Bart Peterson had let our police force dwindle too far. Then yesterday, Greg Ballard says that we don’t need more police officers,” Miller says.
The increase in violent crime has been a major talking point in recent months, but Republicans and Democrats have also been divided on how to address the issue.
Mayor Ballard has proposed several measures during his time in office to reduce crime, including putting more police officers on the streets, but the mayor and the city council have disagreed on how to pay for that.
Ballard also recently criticized a Democratic proposal to allow police officers to move into high crime neighborhoods in hopes of reducing violence.
Ballard has not announced whether he will run for a third term, but Miller says public safety will remain an issue during the next mayoral race come November 2015.
And if Ballard does run, Miller believes Democrats already have two potential nominees, Frank Short and Ed Delaney, who can beat the mayor.
Miller wouldn’t comment on the possibility that departing U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett is getting into the primary race for the Democratic nomination.
“I think Joe Hogsett would be a strong candidate for just about anything he would run for. I’ve known Joe for a long time and I think he’s a very talented public servant and an aggressive campaigner so I think he’d be viable and effective for just about any office,” he says.