Ballard avoids 2015 questions

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On WISH-TV’s Daybreak, Republican Greg Ballard said he hasn’t decided whether to run for re-election as Mayor of Indianapolis next year.

“Winnie and I, you know, we have to decide what we really want to do,” he said, “so, you know, I want to be very careful with that decision. All that said, there’s a year and a half to go in this administration, in this term.”

Democrat Joe Hogsett’s plans to build a campaign organization appear to have a bearing on Ballard’s approach.

With the Hogsett announcement looming, Ballard did a campaign-style roll-out of his crime plan last week, complete with an audience and a teleprompter.

He followed that up with a visit to a preschool program this week that also had a campaign feel to it.

In a WISH-TV interview earlier this week, Ballard avoided the opportunity to address the potential Hogsett challenge directly.

“I’ve got a city to run and people come in and tell me things,” he said, “but I don’t really read much about it.”

It’s part of a persona Ballard has established that leads voters to believe he’s not a typical politician. It allows him to address policy matters and avoid political questions.

But at some point, he needs to make his plans known. “I’m sure we’ll decide by the end of the year,” he said, “but I’ll see.”

In the meantime, protests aside, Ballard is doing the sort of things a typical politician would do in the face of a serious challenge.

And here’s the one fact that likely tells you more about Greg Ballard’s intention than any other: he’s already raising money for a 2015 campaign.

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