Friday, July 10, 2015

The press release: "New Albany Officially Has an Independent in Mayor's Race."

Here's the formal Baylor for Mayor candidacy announcement, as conveyed to area news outlets. On Monday morning at 8:00 a.m., we'll meet on the sidewalk in front of the Carnegie Center and shatter the purely symbolic bottle of champagne. You are cordially invited to attend.

Also be aware of these two events:

Baylor for Mayor Street Issues Conversation, at Ritter Park, 6:00 p.m., July 15

Roger Baylor's $21 at 55 Birthday Party Fundraiser, at NABC's Pizzeria & Public House, 6:00 p.m., August 3



New Albany Officially Has an Independent in Mayor's Race

NEW ALBANY, Ind. - After meeting Indiana's petition requirements for all independent candidates, businessman Roger Baylor has qualified to be placed on the ballot in this fall's mayoral contest.

Baylor will meet with supporters on Monday (July 13) at 8 a.m. in front of The Carnegie Center for Art & History (201 E. Spring St) to officially kick off his campaign. Interested media are invited to cover the event and the candidate will be available for questions during and after the event.

"I have always been uncomfortable saying 'I' because this campaign is all about 'we,'" said Baylor, "but I want to offer my sincere personal thanks to all of those who signed our petition to gain ballot access and to all the volunteers who helped gather those signatures."

Baylor, who is on leave from the New Albanian Brewing Company during the campaign, is the only independent candidate in the mayor's race. He'll face incumbent Democrat Jeff Gahan and Republican Kevin Zurschmiede, who currently serves on the New Albany city council.

Former New Albany City Clerk Marcey Wisman-Bennett serves as treasurer of Shift to Baylor, the official campaign committee.

CONTACT Roger Baylor by email at or by phone at 502.468.9710 or 812.944.3617



ecology warrior said...

Even Gahan's family abandoned him, is it true his brother in Law signed your petition?

The New Albanian said...

I'm not getting into that. For one thing, I didn't personally gather all 250+ signatures, did not review the entire list, and could not even give a definitive answer without looking at the copies. But more importantly, whether the petition is an open record or not, we've already seen in Jeffersonville that the Democratic Party seems intent on targeting certain signatories for reprisal. Ultimately, petitions and ballots are matters of personal conscience. I've no desire to tamper with such, but to encourage it. I understand your zeal; I want Gahan out, too. But for my campaign to achieve maximum effect in doing so, we need to understand that lots of voters who ordinarily choose a side based on factors beyond the actual issues (family, habit, etc) may find it necessary to preserve the outward appearance of "this or that" while resolving internally to opt out and vote differently. That's fine -- and that's why the ballots are secret. No one should be looking over their shoulders.