Monday, January 22, 2018

UPDATED: Owen Has Challenger

A day after this post was made, Dr. Rita Fleming filed as the democratic candidate for District 71 setting up an interesting race to watch for November. Of course that is assuming neither of them end up with primary challengers in May that knock one of them out. 

Jeffersonville City Councilman Matt Owen is
STILL Lone Candidate

The clock is ticking on the February deadline to file with the state to be a candidate for Rep. Stemler's seat of IN House District 71. At this point, Councilman Matt Owen is unchallenged in the May 2018 Primary and will likely remain so on the Republican side of the ticket. What is interesting about that is not one Democrat has come forward to file as that party's candidate in May.

With time winding down and not one real candidate from any party except for the Republicans, Councilman Owen will walk into the seat in the November 2018 General Election. Amazing.

I for one think Councilman Owen would do a good job representing us, so I'm not really that worried about it. It really does paint an interesting picture of the local democratic party though, that a viable candidate cannot be found to run for a seat they have held for so many years. 

Your Future State Representative for District 71
Councilman Matt Owen
Current odds of success: 100%

I've heard some names in passing but at the end of the day, none of them have raised any money or filed to be on the ballot. Rumors can swirl all day but when the sunsets they are still just rumors.

The reality is that Councilman Owen has been at this for several months already including hosting fund raisers. He has been very successful in citywide campaigns while also establishing a record within elected office. He has the local and state party support as well as the Governor. Once the numbers come out from the Secretary of State's Office, my bet is we will see that Matt has already raised at least half of what is needed to run a strong campaign. Based on the average amount raised per campaign for this district since 2000, the goal would be around $27,000.

What does all that mean? If a Democrat is going to jump on this and be successful in November, they needed to do it yesterday in my opinion. 

What's your thoughts?
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1 comment:

  1. Lets hope we get a REAL candidate!! Kelley Curran, you have anyone for this position?