Short drops out of mayoral race, endorses Hogsett

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INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 3, 2014) – The race for the Democratic nomination for Indianapolis mayor just got a little less crowded.

Frank Short announced Wednesday that he’s dropped out of the running.

Short spent time on the City-County Council and as Washington Township trustee. He was the first Democrat to announce plans to run for the nomination.

Since then, State Rep. Ed DeLaney has announced his candidacy and former U.S. attorney Joe Hogsett has formed an exploratory committee and is expected to officially enter the race soon.

Short said he endorsed Hogsett as the party’s candidate.

The nominee is expected to face Republican Mayor Greg Ballard, although he hasn’t said if he’ll run for a third term.

Hogsett’s office released the following statement about Short’s announcement:

“I would like to join others around our city in thanking my good friend Frank Short for all he has done over the last six months to spark important discussions about the future of Indianapolis. I am also honored that he has announced his support for me to make a concerted mayoral effort.

Like many, I have been impressed with Frank’s dedication to raising big issues about the way Indianapolis has approached the growing problem of violent crime. His argument that ‘we can’t be a great city if we can’t keep ourselves safe’ inspired many to ask essential questions about the direction of our public safety efforts and how we could and should be doing more.

Frank Short has a long history of public service in this community, and it is my hope that he will continue to serve – starting with his reelection as Township Trustee in November. I look forward to working closely with him in the weeks and months ahead as we continue to come together as a party and a city to tackle the great challenges facing Indianapolis.”