Democrat Dan Parker mulls mayoral run 

click to enlarge Parker, who has worked for both former Indy Mayor Bart Peterson and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh, is considering taking on Mayor Greg Ballard in the next election.
  • Parker, who has worked for both former Indy Mayor Bart Peterson and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh, is considering taking on Mayor Greg Ballard in the next election.


Former Indiana Democratic Party State Chairman Dan Parker tells Indy Politics he will decide by Easter whether he will run for Indianapolis Mayor in 2015.

Parker says he was first approached in February by some of his fellow Democrats about running for the spot and he has consulted with a number of them since then.

Parker has worked for both former Indy Mayor Bart Peterson and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh. He left the state party last year, however his re-appointment as Chairman in his last term was somewhat controversial and during his time he repeatedly butted heads with the Marion County Democratic establishment.

Parker says incumbent Mayor Greg Ballard is a good man, but he thinks Democrats need to offer a competing vision for the city when it comes to crime, education and jobs.

When asked if he decides to seek the nomination if he would go through the slating process, Parker said he was unsure, saying a position such as Mayor should be decided by the people, however, individuals who go through slating can be better candidates in a general election.

Indy Politics has posted audio of the full 13-minute Parker interview for those interested in more information.

Abdul-Hakim Shabazz is an attorney and the editor and publisher of IndyPoltics.Org. He is also a frequent contributor to numerous Indiana media outlets. He can be reached at abdul@indypolitics.org.

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