Tim Neese isn’t wasting any time gearing up for his run for mayor of Elkhart.
The Republican announced last week his interest in running for mayor. The state lawmaker, in one fell swoop, announced he would retire as the District 48 state representative and said he had formed an exploratory committee to run for mayor. But it appears he’s taking steps that are a little beyond testing the waters.
Neese will host a campaign fundraiser Aug. 26 featuring Gregory Ballard, the mayor of Indianapolis. The event begins at 5 p.m., at the Christiana Creek Country Club. Cost is $15. To learn more about the fundraiser, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indianapolis is the largest city in the United States with a Republican mayor, according to a press release issued by the Neese campaign.
Prior to the campaign event, Ballard is expected to speak at the Elkhart Rotary Club.
Neese, a former city council member, is one of two people to file paperwork with the county clerk’s office indicating an interest in running for mayor. The other is Nazi enthusiast Dale Ray Duncan.
Democrat Mayor Dick Moore has not announced whether he’ll seek a third term.
Municipal elections will be in 2015.