Hogsett will file exploratory committee for mayor

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Joe Hogsett is taking the first steps necessary to run for mayor of Indianapolis.

Hogsett stepped down as U.S. Attorney last week. He couldn’t make any political statements until he left office but, Monday, he removed any doubt that the 2015 race for mayor is in his sights.

On the first day in his new job at the law firm of Bose, McKinney, and Evans Joe Hogsett was already talking about what he plans to do next.

“Probably within the next week or two,” he said, “I do intend to file the appropriate legal paperwork that allows me to actively explore running for mayor of Indianapolis.”

Hogsett, a Democrat who built a reputation as a crime fighter over four years as U.S. Attorney, says the crime epidemic in Indianapolis convinced him to reconsider a pledge to stay out of the race.

A Facebook page established by others and a Twitter account are already stirring interest.

He will hire campaign help almost immediately.

GOP Mayor Greg Ballard is expected to run for a third term in 2015 in what could be a matchup to remember. The tone is already being set.

“You’ve got a career politician in Joe Hogsett who has sought five different offices over the course of a couple of different decades,” said Marion County GOP Chairman Kyle Walker, “as compared to Mayor Greg Ballard who’s a true public servant.”

When asked if Ballard is doing a good job, Hogsett said, “You know I’m not going to criticize the mayor in any way today. I respect the two terms that he has served.”

Two Democrats — Frank Short and Ed DeLaney — are already running but Hogsett will likely be the front runner for his party’s nomination the day he gets in the race.

Opponents are already trying to make an issue of Hogsett’s change of heart. He won’t dwell on it.

He said his decision in January to pass up the race was personal and he said the decision to reconsider is also personal.

His ambition, however, is now very public.

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