OBSERVATIONS: Well like an old frathouse party with no invitations required another guest has arrived and the party has just started. Jose Evans in the second year of his first term as CCC District 1 councillor has been a vocal critic of the mayor preferring press releases to storming the 25th floor which might get you noticed by party insiders but won't move independent numbers.
We aren't quite sure why the field is so crowed at this point as Mayor Ballard (GBAL) hasn't done anything to upset the electorate or provide an impetus for the unbridled enthusiasm in the Democrat party to go mano-y-mano with the former Marine. Maybe they know something we don't (of course since we represent both sides we doubt it) regardless we are gonna' sit back and watch the fur fly, the logs roll, and...well you get the picture.
What makes Jose Evans such an interesting candidate is that unlike Ron Gibson, he has the ability to garner a significant portion of the minority vote without alienating independents with a memory beyond a five year-olds. Can he win the general? Not unless he starts rasing his name ID like yesterday, but woe to the insiders who dismiss him as a neophyte. There's a lot that can happen between now and the 2011 primaries as today's front-runner is tomorrow's "not on your life"
All in all we feel that Councillor Evans has just as good a chance as anyone else listed and for those who feel like Indy is not ready for an African-American mayor, remember they also said the same thing before Nov. 4th 2008.
UP: JEVN $110
DOWN: RGIB $90