This is how a campaign manager likes to start his day! The Indianapolis Star's editorial board has joined The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors, Indiana Fairness Network, the Hoosier Environmental Council, Firefighters’ Local 416 and a host of others in endorsing Scott Keller for Indianapolis City-County Council. The newspaper is giving their nod in local races all week.
Scott Keller is one of the more astute members of the council, and easily the most independent.
Winner of a razor-close race against incumbent Karen Celestino Horseman in 2003, the Republican defied his party in helping forge major new policy on public smoking, gay rights and police consolidation.
He knows his Near-Downtown district well and warns it will be devastated if property taxes aren't rolled back. He favors greater reliance on sales taxes. He also wants to see more police on the streets and, not surprisingly, less partisan bickering on the council.
Keller faces thoughtful newcomers in Democrat Brian Mahern and Libertarian Paul Dijak-Robinson. Bearer of a prominent political name, Mahern places abandoned houses at the top of his to-do list and advocates close study of regional approaches to government costs. Dijak-Robinson calls for an end to two-party domination and reduced reliance on tax abatements. Success may be in both men's future, but District 16 should stick with its bipartisan voice.
All of the neighborhood associations in the district are also endorsing Scott. The challenger's democratic primary opponent is even endorsing Scott! Click here to read some of the endorsements volunteered by area leaders.