Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams exits mayoral race
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 5, 2015)– Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams announced Thursday that he will not run for mayor of Indianapolis.
Williams was the former director of Christamore House when he was tapped by then newly-elected Mayor Greg Ballard in 2008 to serve as his deputy mayor in charge of neighborhoods.
With Ballard’s announcement that he would not be seeking a third term, Williams decided in January it was time to take a run at the corner office on the 25th floor of the City County Building.
Thursday, he decided to drop out of the race.
Williams released the following statement:
“Over the past three weeks I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of support from hundreds upon hundreds of individuals while exploring the potential to run for Mayor of our great city. After much prayer and consideration, my wife Mary, along with our family have decided not to enter into the upcoming Mayoral race.”
“I look forward to continuing working with our amazing team to improve our city by strengthening our neighborhoods, increasing economic development opportunities for all, bringing jobs to our city, and ensuring that children have an opportunity to the best education available. It has been a pleasure to serve the residents of Indianapolis as Deputy Mayor for the last seven years under Mayor Ballard, and I am looking forward to serving out the remainder of my appointment and finishing the great work we started.”