Hat Tip: By Brendan O’ Shaughnessy, Indianapolis Star
Carson said he understands concerns about his experience, and that he does not think of his candidacy as a question of legacy. “My heart is in public service,” Carson said. “I want to carry on a tradition of public service and being a voice for the voiceless.” He said his focus would be on his opposition to the war in Iraq and on bringing home federal funds through community block grants. A former state excise officer who was assigned to an anti-terrorism unit for a time, Carson said it’s critical to secure grants for local public safety efforts.
Carson filed his paperwork Wednesday to be considered by a caucus of Democrats. That group will choose a nominee Jan. 12 for the special election that will determine who completes Julia Carson’s term. Republicans will hold their caucus Jan. 13. Party leaders hope to set a date for a special election today. Both parties have said they do not want the district to go without representation until the May primary, as Gov. Mitch Daniels suggested last week.
Marion County Treasurer Michael Rodman also filed to run in the Democratic caucus. Other expected Democratic candidates are state Reps. David Orentlicher, Gregory W. Porter and Carolene Mays of Indianapolis, former state party chairman Robin Winston and former state health commissioner Woody Myers.