Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard builds campaign chest

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Mayor Greg Ballard says he hasn't decided whether he'll run for a third term, but his latest campaign finance report shows he's continuing to build his war chest.

Campaign finance reports due at noon Wednesday show Ballard took in nearly $618,000 in 2013 and ends the year with $700,000 in the bank.

During a year-end interview in December, Ballard told Eyewitness News, "I think all people in my position raise money."

But the Republican said he wasn't in any hurry to make a decision on 2015 despite getting "asked not weekly but four to five times a day if I'm running again."

After Ballard upset Democrat Bart Peterson in 2007, Democrats are eager to reclaim the city's top office.

US Attorney Joe Hogsett and State Rep. Ed Delaney are eyed as possible contenders, with Ballard's supporters ponying up money for another run.

The 400-plus contributions listed on his report range from $10 to $25,000.

Law firms Bingham Greenebaum, Doll LP and Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP, along with billionaire Dean White (who built the Indianapolis JW Marriott) each gave Ballard $25,000.

REI Real Estate Services, LLC gave $10,000, the same for HNTB Holdings, while Bose McKinney & Evans, LLP gave $16,300.

Ballard listed $203,000 in expenditures. Of that $56,000 went to Hallowell Consulting. Jennifer Hallowell was the mayors campaign consultant in 2011.

Just over $24,000 was spent on "event fees" at the Marriott, $21,500 went to Public Opinion Strategies in Alexandria , Va and nearly $32.000 to JRS Consulting.

See Marion County's campaign finance reports.