I've given this a lot of thought," Schellinger told reporters after filing his candidacy. "I'd like to think this is a 46-year calling for me. ... I believe in Indiana we can do better. I believe that the citizens of Indiana deserve good leadership and I believe that I'm prepared to do that."
He said being president of CSO Architects in Indiana, a job he worked his way up to, gives him the experience needed to be the chief executive officer of Indiana.
Asked the biggest difference between himself and the man he hopes to replace, Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, Schellinger said he will listen and build concensus among Hoosiers.
"I've spent a career focusing on listening to people and bringing diverse groups of people together and building concensus toward positive outcomes," he said.
But he said he did not want to focus now on Daniels.
"The govenror is a patriot. His heart is in the right place. He works hard to lead our state. I don't think that's what today's about," he said. But the next 21 months will be about drawining distinctions, and Schellinger said he will be campaign full-time to try to win the office.
If building binge equals tax and spend, Hoosiers need to grab their wallets and cringe.
IndyStar's Matt Tully notes, "Indianapolis architect Jim Schellinger has formally announced plans to run for governor as a Democrat. Many in the party have filed behind Schellinger and believe he is the party's best hope of defeating Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2008. Schellinger will file candidacy papers this afternoon."
What Tully didn't mention is the money trail that follows Schellinger. The architect made a fortune from property taxes by charging outrageous fees to design government school buildings. He then donated much of the money made from property taxes to his favorite Democratic candidates, greasing the rails along the road to the statehouse.