Former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett is forming an exploratory committee to determine whether he could be a viable candidate for Indianapolis mayor in 2015.
Hogsett told Fox59 during an interview this morning that doing so will allow him to raise money and hire staff.
“It’s a preliminary step, but it’s a substantial step,” Hogsett told FOX59’s Bob Donaldson during an interview Monday morning.
“The people of Indianapolis need to ask themselves: is the status quo acceptable?” Hogsett asked.
As Hogsett mentioned, the move is only a first step, and Indianapolis Star columnist Matthew Tully says there are still many questions to be answered before a full campaign gets underway.
The main question being whether current Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard will run for a third term.
The consensus is that the two-term mayor is planning to run for a third term. But he hasn’t made it official and some close to him say they wouldn’t be shocked if he took a pass. Remember, being mayor is a stressful job and running for a third term is particularly tough. His last reelection campaign was a bruising affair that, by all accounts, Ballard did not enjoy. This one likely will be even tougher.
During an interview with WTIU last week, Indiana Democratic Party Chair John Zody said there are several potential Democratic candidates who, he believes, could beat Mayor Ballard if he did run again.
Specifically, he says Indianapolis needs someone with “aggressive leadership.”
“We’re going to be looking for a candidate in conjunction with our local Democrats in Marion County–a candidate that will show they are serious about fighting crime in Indianapolis,” Zody says. “They are serious about growing Indiana’s economy because Indianapolis is the largest city in the state and we have to have someone who knows it can do a lot better than its been doing.”