INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Rev. Charles Harrison, the leader of the Ten Point Coalition, is creating an exploratory committee to look at a run for mayor of Indianapolis, he announced Thursday. Another candidate on the same day announced he’s pulling out of the race.
Harrison, who runs the community group that helps in high-crime areas, filed the necessary paperwork at 10 a.m. Thursday.
“I have been a public figure here in the city for 21 years, I have worked with three different mayors and I have learned a lot about city government over that time,” said Harrison.
While some question Harrison’s lack of political experience, he says he is up for the challenge and aims to give a voice to the voiceless.
“I think we need other voices to be heard, particularly with the crucial issues we are facing in our city today. There’s the issue of education, public safety and particularly economic development. Though we’ve had some successes in this city, everyone has not benefited from the success and the economic development that is taking place in our city,” said Harrison.
Harrison said he has not chosen a party yet, but hopes to make a decision in January.
“I’m going to leave that open right now. I’ve been approached by Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and Independents. So as part of the exploratory process, I’m not going to make that decision right now. I’m going to leave that open,” said Harrison.
State Rep. Ed DeLaney told 24-Hour News 8 Political Reporter Jim Shella he was pulling out of the race, saying he could do more for Indianapolis on the Ways and Means committee.
Former U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett, a Democrat, is the only official candidate running for mayor. Hogsett released a statement following DeLaney’s decision to drop out of the race.
“I want to thank my friend Ed DeLaney for his tireless work elevating the important issues that are so critical to the future of our city. His leadership at the Statehouse is invaluable, and I look forward to partnering with him to make Indianapolis a safer, more prosperous city,” said Hogsett in the statement.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard does not plan to run for re-election. State Senator Jim Merritt, a Republican, has said he is considering running for mayor.