Former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett formed an exploratory committee yesterday to run for mayor of Indianapolis.
The news comes amid unanswered accusations from GOP chairman Kyle Walker, who said Hogsett may have violated the Hatch Act by engaging in political activity on the job. Hogsett responded indirectly, saying he didn’t want to get involved in petty politics.
“We have big challenges that we’re facing in this city, whether it be public safety, whether it be job creation for middle class families, whether it be education,” Hogsett said. “That’s the focus of what I want to do.”
In January Hogsett told reporters he would not run for mayor in 2015. What changed since then, he said, is the realization that the city‘s crime problem could not be solved by prosecuting and sentencing criminals.
“The challenges our community faces need a comprehensive, dynamic, energetic focus and leadership that, frankly, cannot be satisfied by the role of U.S. Attorney,” Hogsett said.
Former City-County Councilman Frank Short and State Representative Ed Delaney have already announced plans to run for the Democratic nomination for mayor. Republican Mayor Greg Ballard has not said whether he will run for a third term.