Jim Brainard seeks re-election as Carmel Mayor

July 4th, 2014 at 2:47 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard is running for re-election.

The 2015 Election is still more than a year away but Brainard is making no secret of his plans to seek a record sixth term.

“I’d like to see the development and the good things that have happened here continue,” he said, “and we’ve got a lot of people in Carmel that like the direction the city’s headed in.”

Just last month Brainard was the subject of a feature in the Huffington Post that spelled out his work to improve the environment, work that includes the creation of 50 roundabouts in Carmel.

This week he’s in the New York Times, cited for creating a community with a European feel.

Brainard explained his approach at a jobs announcement earlier this week.  “It’s about creating cities that people want to be in,” he said, “cities that people want to work in, cities that people want to raise their families in.”

And, a city where the governor shows up on the 4th of July.

“And the success here in Carmel and the leadership that Mayor Brainard has provided I think have really set the pace,” said Governor Mike Pence, “for communities like this around the country.”

But could Brainard wear out his welcome?  The state GOP Chairman doesn’t think so.  “Certainly election results the past few times have not shown that,” said Tim Berry.

For Brainard it’s all about making Carmel different.  “We have one of the highest percents of college educated folks anywhere in the United States,” he said.  “I think we’re fourth or fifth.”

And if he creates enough change, the voters just may decide to stay with the same mayor one more time.

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