INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 4, 2014) – Rev. Charles Harrison took a key step Thursday in the Indianapolis mayoral race.
Harrison and his wife arrived at the Marion County Election Board Thursday morning to file paperwork for an exploratory committee. As head of the Ten Point Coalition, Harrison has worked with previous mayors to bring peace to the streets of Indianapolis.
He spoke with FOX59’s Russ McQuaid earlier this week and said he was considering the move. He believes his candidacy would force others in the race to confront the tough issues he sees every day at Barnes United Methodist Church near 29th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street. He said he hopes to speak on behalf of those who feel left out of the current political system.
"A lot of time there are voices in my work in the city that are not being heard. And I think we need other voices to be heard, particularly with the crucial issues that we are facing in our city today," Harrison said Thursday.
He hasn't decided on his party affiliation.
"I hope over the next month to kind of listen and talk to people all over the city so that their voices (and) their concerns are heard whoever the next mayor is going to be. But I feel like we ought not to have a coronation and political parties select who they want," Harrison said.
The Democratic ticket featured two candidates, former U.S. attorney Joe Hogsett and State Rep. Ed DeLaney.
ButThursday morning, DeLaney told FOX59's Dan Spehler that he was dropping out of the race.
DeLaney said he made his decision a few days ago, after earning a key spot on the House committee that helps write the state budget.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be put on the House Ways and Means committee which has a great deal of responsibility,” said DeLaney. “I’ve made a decision, not a deal, and I’m not endorsing anybody at this point. I’m hopeful Joe Hogsett or others will show a vision for the city and then I’ll be able to back somebody but we’re not there yet.”
It's unclear who will run on the Republican ticket after Mayor Greg Ballard announced he would not seek a third term.