Corrie Meyer, director of the Carmel Redevelopment Commission, gave her letter of resignation to Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard Nov. 14 so she can focus more time on her primary campaign against incumbent State Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel.
“The CRC is a 60-hour job, and as we get closer to the election I realized that I didn’t have enough time to do both jobs to my complete satisfaction,” she said. “Something had to give.”
Meyer said she’s hosting evening fundraisers and meet-and-greets at least once a week but she will need time during the day to canvass neighborhoods and knock on doors to speak to residents.
Delph has served as state senator for Dist. 29 since a special election in 2005. He was reelected in 2006, 2010 and 2014, and he’s often considered running for higher office, such as the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate.
Meyer said she knows it’s a big task to try to take on an incumbent who has better name recognition.
“You have to work twice as hard,” she said. “But I feel great about the campaign so far.”
Meyer said she wouldn’t resign her position with the CRC if she didn’t think she had a strong chance to unseat Delph.
Meyer’s position was recently reclassified from a city employee to a city consultant to allow her to work as director of the CRC and also possibly hold office.
Meyer said Brainard has asked CRC commissioner Henry Mestetsky to serve as interim head of the CRC. Brainard has appointed Adam Campagna to fill Mestetsky’s position on the CRC.
Mestetsky confirmed he would accept the position and is excited to serve but is still waiting to figure out the details of the transition and will wait until giving any further comment.
Mestetsky is an associate attorney for Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP in the areas of real estate, lending, corporate counsel and litigation. He was named a Super Lawyers rising star from 2016 to 2018 and he’s served on the CRC for two years.
Mestetsky graduated from IU’s Maurer School of Law in 2010. He is a Carmel resident.