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November 6, 2013

KITCHELL: 'Dem bums' can only apply to Dodgers, not candidates

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1. Kathy Davis. Let’s not forget Indiana’s first female lieutenant governor. She has extensive background in state government and was closely associated with the recently completed Hoosier Heartland Corridor project. Perhaps one of the best minds involved in state government in the past 20 years.

2. Dr. Woody Myers. Stanford-educated, Oprah-approved and experienced in state government. He lost a crowded primary field for Congress, but that’s no disgrace in the Indianapolis market. Andrew Luck’s Stanford resume hasn’t hurt the Colts, and Myers would add credibility to the ticket if one of the central issues is offering the Affordable Care Act in Indiana. Having a physician on the ticket could be an incredible advantage for Democrats this time.

3. David Johnson. The head of the Biocrossroads Initiative is a Phi Beta Kappa resume with only a run against former Sen. Richard Lugar on his political resume. He may be too far removed from politics at this point to want to run, but if he does, it would put the need for high-wage jobs in this state at the forefront of the campaign. Johnson has been good to Indiana in this regard.

4. Jonathan Weinzapfel. An Evansville mayor doesn’t usually grab headlines in Indianapolis, but he’s had a good record and legislative experience. He might be the southern Indiana part of the ticket, but fundraising would be the greatest challenge.

5. Tony Roswarski. He’s a household name in Lafayette, and Tippecanoe County is a key county for Democrats if they want to win back the Statehouse. Lafayette has been on the uptick under his leadership, which can’t hurt his chances. He’s young enough to serve 16 years in Indianapolis if the party needs him to do it.

6. Greg Goodnight. The Kokomo mayor has multiple terms of experience and has a good comeback story to show for his efforts. He represents the best chance a Kokomo mayor has had to move to Indianapolis since Steve Daily, and maybe a better shot than Daily. After all, he had to run against Bayh.

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