As an official non-mayor of Carmel, you have no doubt learned the first rule of understanding petty politicians.
Look for what they are not saying to understanding what they are doing.
Take the mayor’s biography. Two are generally available: the city hall website is one and Wikipedia is the other.
Both do not say some interesting things. Neither indicates the mayor ever had any experience in the military, in finance and banking, in engineering or project management, or in the arts and entertainment industry.
One reference to his actually earning a living in the free enterprise system — he alleged supported himself for a time as a cab driver — has been stricken from the Wikipedia biography.
A second example:
The mayor was not swept into office in 2015 with an overwhelming mandate to build roundabouts and destroy the city’s financial solvency.
Hamilton County Election Board numbers showed 63,335 registered voters in the city — 66,211 if you included Orchard Park.
The winning mayoral candidate received 9,584 votes — 15.1 percent of the non-Orchard Park vote. Hence, 85 percent didn’t vote for him.
Now, running for re-election, a machine politician does not seek to turn out all the voters. Just those who owe the candidate a favor — contractors, lawyers, bankers, vendors of silly sculptures — need turn out.
Forget the $170,000 a year salary the highest-paid mayor in Indiana takes home to his $964,000 home (Zillow index price).
Wait a few days. The city is producing a $44,100 on-line video courtesy of Adam Grubb Productions. It predictably will extol the virtues of a mayor. At taxpayer expense,of course.
The video surely will include those elements missing elsewhere.
I, for one, am breathless with anticipation.