Andre Carson left state Democratic Headquarters with a handful of papers this morning, preparing to file as a candidate for Congress in the 7th Congressional district.
Carson confirmed his intention to run but declined an interview on the subject until he can send a letter to the precinct committeemen who will choose a replacement for his grandmother, the late Julia Carson.
As for the committeemen, Democratic chairman Dan Parker points out that 560 of them will take part in a caucus to choose the nominee (Andre’s the favorite, all of a sudden) on January 12. On February 16th there will be slating for the May primary election and only 425 will take part. Its the result of redistricting that was ordered after Parker scheduled his caucus.
Marion County Chairman Mike O’Connor determines which committeemen get cut out for slating.
That makes three Democratic candidates actively working the race. State Rep. David Orentlicher has already been calling committeepersons and organizing fundraisers. Marion Co. Treasurer Mike Rodman is also seeking support from committeepersons. City-County Councilor Joanne Sanders, also mentioned as a possible candidate, is spending part of this week in Iowa working the Democratic presidential caucus being held there tomorrow night. Perhaps that means she will not be a candidate after all.