The field for mayor of Indianapolis just got a little slimmer as State Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) officially withdrew his name from consideration.
In an issued release, DeLaney said it was with reluctance that he is ending his efforts to become the city’s next mayor. Instead, DeLaney will serve on the House Ways and Means Committee at the request of Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City).
“More specifically, I will be working on a proposal to provide revenue sharing from our state’s overly large surplus to our local units of government,” said DeLaney. “These funds can be used to strengthen law enforcement, build roads, and provide pre-school opportunities for all children.”
DeLaney had been considering a run for mayor since late 2013. He was re-elected to his fourth term in November.
“I am delighted that Ed DeLaney will continue to serve in the Indiana House of Representatives into the future,” said Pelath. “In his time here, Ed has become one of those people I rely upon to articulate House Democratic positions on such issues as education reform, job creation, and affordable health care. I look forward to his continued contributions as a spokesman for the people of Indiana through his service in the House.”
DeLaney’s interest in mayor’s seat would have guaranteed a contested mayoral primary for Democrats. A few weeks ago, former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett officially kicked off his campaign for the job.
“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,” said Hogsett in response to Delaney’s announcement. “His leadership at the Statehouse is invaluable, and I look forward to partnering with him to make Indianapolis a safer, more prosperous city.”
Washington Township Trustee Frank Short had also planned to run for mayor on the Democratic ticket, but dropped out of the race shortly after Hogsett formed his exploratory committee over the summer. a