Third Democrat resigns from council

Prompted by his election as trustee of Lawrence Township, Indianapolis City-County Councilor Steve Talley became the third Democrat to resign this year.

Talley’s resignation was effective Nov. 11, and the Marion County Democrats will have 30 days to appoint someone to his District 11 seat. The Democrats are already trying to fill a seat vacated by Brian Mahern, who took a job with the Marion County assessor.

Vernon Brown, a former majority leader and Public Works Committee chairman, resigned in August after 11 years on the council. A city firefighter, he was elected as Warren Township trustee on Nov. 4.

Democrats chose LaKeisha Jackson to represent Brown’s District 18.

Talley, who worked in community affairs for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Brown and fellow Democrat Mary Moriarty Adams all faced a decision about whether to run again for council or leave city-county employment.

A 2012 state law says local-government employees can’t be elected to bodies that oversee their budgets. Those who were in office on Jan. 1, 2013, however, wouldn’t be affected until 2015.

Adams, director of administration for the Marion County assessor, has said she plans to seek an eighth term in 2015. If re-elected, she’ll have to decide whether to retire or work elsewhere.

Talley served 2-1/2 terms from 1996 to 2006 and was council president in 2005. He returned to the council after the 2011 election.

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