The Herald Bulletin

Overnight Update

Local Politics

June 14, 2014

Ken de la Bastide: Democrats lining up for 2015 mayoral primary battle

A lot can change between now and the date when candidates can officially file for the 2015 municipal elections, but as of this week three Democrats are preparing to seek the party’s mayoral nomination.

This past week former Mayor Kris Ockomon announced his intentions to run for mayor in 2015. Ockomon served as mayor from 2008 through 2011 and is a former city councilman.

Ockomon denied Republican Kevin Smith a second term in the 2007 election and Smith turned the tables on Ockomon in 2011.

Current Anderson City Councilman Rodney Chamberlain also announced on social media that he is running for mayor in 2015. Chamberlain is currently in a dispute with Smith over an Indiana State Police investigation; he was cleared of wrongdoing surrounding the funding for the now defunct Men’s Basketball League.

Chamberlain maintains the investigation was prompted by the Smith administration in response to his plans to run for mayor.

The two join Councilman David Eicks as potential mayoral candidates in the May primary election.

Ockomon denied rumors Thursday that he was not going to run for mayor, instead endorsing Chamberlain’s effort. He said the primary election should be interesting and anticipated a positive campaign by all three candidates.

Democrats believe Smith will face a Republican primary challenge, but no names have surfaced.

A quick response

During Thursday's council meeting, two-term mayoral candidate Rob Jozwiak elicited a quick response from City Hall Superintendent Frank Burrows.

Jozwiak has addressed the council several times concerning the city’s plans to raise water rates by 47 percent by the end of 2016 to make up for a funding shortage in the water utility.

On Thursday, Jozwiak asked if the council meeting was being broadcast over the city’s cable channel. He was told it was being broadcast.

“Council meetings that are broadcast are being edited,” he declared. “Comments are being edited out.”

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