Hogsett forming exploratory committee for mayoral run

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INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 4, 2014) - Former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett will form an exploratory committee as he considers running for mayor of Indianapolis.

The move allows Hogsett to raise money and hire staff.

"It's a preliminary step, but it's a substantial step," Hogsett told FOX59's Bob Donaldson during an interview Monday morning.

"The people of Indianapolis need to ask themselves: is the status quo acceptable?" Hogsett asked.

The Democrat stepped down as U.S. attorney last month, prompting speculation that he'd run for mayor. He told FOX59 he's still considering whether he'll run, saying he'll make the decision by the end of the year.

Marion County Republican Chairman Kyle Walker responded to Hogsett's candidacy with the following statement:

To say that no one is surprised Joe Hogsett is running for yet another office is an understatement. He is a career politician who has run for five different offices and has now broken a pledge to serve the rest of a term of office twice in his efforts to climb the political ladder. Just a few months ago, Joe Hogsett declared he had a 'moral obligation' to serve his full term as U.S. Attorney and now he turned his back on that commitment.

Mayor Greg Ballard is a true public servant who has run for only one office and has only one goal: to make Indianapolis one of the greatest cities in the country to live, work and raise a family. The Mayor has a great record to run on and I welcome a campaign contrasting Mayor Ballard's commitment to public service with Joe Hogsett's commitment to his political ambitions.

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