INDIANAPOLIS - Paperwork was filed Thursday to create "Hogsett for Indianapolis," a mayoral campaign committee for former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett.
Just days after resigning from his post, Hogsett told Call 6 Investigator Rafael Sanchez about his plans to create the committee, one of the first official steps to run for mayor of Indianapolis.
Hogsett said the committee is an exploratory effort to discuss the major challenges facing the city.
Hogsett believes that public safety is one of the prime issues the next Mayor of Indianapolis must attack.
He stopped at the Fraternal Order of Police headquarters on Thursday to purchase a T-shirt in honor of Officer Perry Renn who was killed in the line of duty.
"This city faces enormous challenges. We have an epidemic of violent crime. We have an educational system that in many neighborhoods throughout the city is substandard," Hogsett said.
Hogsett's exploratory committee will take a look at both of those issues before he decides to run.
On Wednesday, in anticipation of a Hogsett run, Marion County Republican Chairman Kyle Walker suggested that Hogsett violated federal law by participating in political activity prior to resigning as U.S. Attorney.
Hogsett dismissed that claim.
"It's unfortunate that people have to resort to negative partisan political attacks. I guess they are what they are and we ignore them," Hogsett said.
"I think it is incumbent on the part of Joe Hogsett to answer some of those questions and if he has nothing to hide he can put everyone's mind at ease," Walker said.
If Hogsett runs, one of his opponents will be State Rep. Ed Delaney. Delaney said he respects Hogsett and Mayor Greg Ballard, but he is the best candidate.
"I know the problems, I know the weaknesses of UNI Gov. I know the strengths. I don't think they have the familiarity. That's the reality. The difference between me and the mayor is the mayor has no vision. He wants to use a fly swatter. If there is a problem with the police, swat a few flies, have a press release and have an inadequate program and move on. He doesn't have any vision," Delaney said.
There seems to be little doubt that Hogsett will be a candidate, but he said his decision will come sometime in the fall.
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