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If You Don’t Live in Indianapolis, Read This

This may sound odd, but if you are a Republican who does not live in Indianapolis, you should be concerned about the Indy Mayor’s race.

Why? Allow me to explain.

Later this week, Marion County Republicans are slated to unveil their candidate for Mayor. Right now the only candidates that have filed are former Fall Creek Township Trustee and real estate broker Terry Michael and frequent candidate Jocelyn Tandy Adande.

Democrats have former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett being challenged by artist and community activist Larry Vaughn.

Ten-Point Coalition leader Rev. Charles Harrison is still mulling the best way to do an independent bid.

You see, with the exception of Joe Donnelly and Glenda Ritz, Democrats hold no statewide office, so their ability to raise money to compete is limited.   Not so if the Democrats take back the 25th floor. When you’re Mayor of Indianapolis, not only do you control a nearly $1 billion budget, but it’s a lot easier to raise money, not only for your own re-election, but for the elections and re-elections of your fellow Democrats.

See where this is going?

And throw in the fact that 2016 is a Presidential year and we get an entire different electorate coming out, a Democratic Mayor who can raise money for a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Superintendent of Public Instruction, U.S. Senate as well as State Representatives and Senators will be someone you will probably need to pay attention to, especially if you don’t live in Indy and you’re a Republican.