Primary Day Predictions: Kennedy and the Marion County Republican Slate
May 2, 2011 23 Comments
We are interested in two races. First, we are obviously interested in seeing the outcome of the Democratic Primary for Mayor. Kennedy did do some radio ads but has been otherwise fairly quiet and did not even have yard signs until a few days ago. In short, her campaign has not exactly put forth an impressive effort in a primary we believe they should have taken more seriously.
First, she is running against the last name Carson and that should never be taken lightly. Second, simply winning the primary may not be enough. Many in the Indianapolis political circles believe that Kennedy needs to get more than 85% of the vote to really show she has the support of the Democratic Party faithful particularly with the reported rifts within the Marion County Democrats. We don’t think she’ll get it.
The second race we are interested in is the At Large Council race on the Republican side. For those who may not know, the Republicans have slated four candidates and a fifth is running against the slate. Jocelyn Adande Tandy, a former Democrat, is running and actually changed her name so she could get better ballot placement by switching it to Jocelyn Tandy Adande. She also is a former Democrat who has run for Mayor and several other offices as a Democrat.
The Marion County Republicans sent a mailer out highlighting her Democrat history. At this stage, it seems everyone in both Parties think she is a joke. We believe she will be defeated. If she doesn’t, it is going to be a long year for Marion County Republicans.
We’ve told you our predictions but we want to know what you think. Vote to let us know if you think Melina Kennedy will get the big win she needs on Primary Day and if Marion County Republicans can push their slate through despite ballot placement complications.