Indianapolis City-County Councilor Ethan Evans is leaving the Democratic PArty and is not running for re-election next year.

Evans put out the following statement Sunday evening…

“It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my decision to become an Independent on the Indianapolis City-County Council effective immediately.  

I do want to thank the Marion County Democratic Party for many things. The campaign I ran in 2019 could not have been as successful without their help and volunteers. I would also like to thank the volunteers and voters who supported me during the campaign, and those who still keep in touch. I’m so glad to have been able to reach out to thousands of amazing people who live in Indianapolis, and specifically Council District 4.  

I’ve had many conversations with family, friends, and constituents about my time on the Council. Several of those who have paid close attention to Council meetings could see that I have not been having the easiest time, or recognition, even compared to other first-term Councillors. I have tried to come up with solutions from inside the party for the last 2 years, and for the most part I feel I’ve been shut out, despite speaking for a wide progressive base who wants these very solutions implemented.  

The last thing I want to announce is that, although I have been honored to represent my district, being a voice for change in this city, trying my best to stay true to the promises I made during my campaign, I will not seek a second term in office. I remain committed to representing the constituents of District 4 and working on the issues important to the community. I appreciate the support I’ve been given and have not made this decision lightly.” 

Evans was the only “no” vote on the most recent city budget, he felt there was too much funding for the police department and not enough for crime prevention programs.