Fishers will be electing its first mayor next year. Since this has always been a major GOP stronghold, all eyes will be on the primary election scheduled for May 6th, 2014. The Republican emerging as the winner from that balloting will be the odds-on favorite to become the first mayor of Fishers.
The first day a candidate may file officially with the Hamilton County office with jurisdiction over local elections is January 8th, 2014. The deadline to file is February 7th. Even though we have 6 months remaining before official filing begins, and about 7 months to the filing deadline, candidacies for mayor are beginning to emerge.
We have one declared candidate for mayor. Former Fishers Town Council President Walt Kelly threw his hat in the ring with a July 11th news conference in front of Fishers Town Hall.
First term Fishers Town Council member Renee Cox has said publicly in the past she is seriously considering a run for mayor. Cox was part of the City Yes coalition that successfully campaigned to transform Fishers from a town to a second class city under state law with a mayor in a 2012 referendum. However, there has been no official announcement from her.
There had been strong rumors that current Fishers Town Council President John Weingardt would announce a run for mayor. In the end, Weingardt said he would not seek the mayor's office, but does intend to run for a city council seat.
With Weingardt out of the race, rumors began flying of another candidate, someone not currently on the town council. No one would mention a name.
Lately, the name strongly rumored to become a mayoral candidate is the current Fishers Town Manager Scott Fadness. I initially discounted those rumors, since Fadness' expertise is as an administrator, not a politician. But the rumors have persisted, with no one willing to go on the record.
I sent an e-mail to Scott Fadness on July 22nd (about 2 weeks ago) asking him about a possible run for mayor. As of today (August 9th) I have received no response.
After the August 5th Fishers Town Council session, I was walking away from a post-meeting interview and witnessed an exchange between Current-in-Fishers Editor Dan Domsic and Scott Fadness. Domsic directly asked Fadness if he plans to run for mayor. The town manager said he wasn't commenting on that, turned and walked away.
Why would Scott Fadness go from being clear and saying he's not interested in running and a few weeks later fail to answer my e-mail and refuse to answer another reporter's direct question? Only Fadness can answer that question.
If Scott Fadness has changed his mind and plans to run for mayor, I understand he's in a difficult situation. He's said in the past he's not interested in running, and he's not likely ready to make an official announcement of his candidacy quite yet.
As Scott Fadness will soon learn, in politics, ignoring an important question doesn't make it go away. It just fuels more speculation. It also causes people like me to write a piece like this.
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