Hat Tip: By Brendan O’ Shaughnessy, Indianapolis Star
“The person most likely to clear the field among potential Democratic candidates interested in filling Rep. Julia Carson’s 7th District seat said Wednesday he will not run. Mayor Bart Peterson said he will not seek the seat that Carson held until her death Saturday. A spokeswoman said the mayor will not seek political office now but has not ruled out a future campaign. Peterson leaves office at the end of this month after being defeated in the November election by Republican Greg Ballard. The Democratic field includes Carson’s grandson, Andre Carson, who hasn’t said he would run but who nonetheless received a vow of support from former U.S. Rep. Andy Jacobs. It was Jacobs who helped Julia Carson win his old seat in 1996.”
After Saturday’s funeral and the Christmas holiday, we’ll find out who among the African American candidates will remain in contention for this seat. From the outside looking in, it looks to be a real tug of war between Congresswoman Carson’s grandson, Andre, a City-County Councilman and four others: Reps. Carolene Mays, Greg Porter, Marion County Tresurer Michael Rodman and Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer. While not a majority African American constituency, it seems as if it is becuase of the names being bandied about. It will ultimately be up to the Marion County Democratic Party who fills this vacancy.