Carmel Councilman Kevin Rider announces his candidacy for mayor
A week after Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard announced he would not run again, a member of city council announced his candidacy for mayor.
General Council member Kevin “Woody” Rider announced in a September 20, 2022 press release that he plans to run for the city’s top job. Rider admitted earlier this year that he had had conversations considering a run for mayor.
“Throughout my professional career and in public service, I have always been driven by service to people,” Rider said in a press release. “Running for mayor is a natural next step for me. I love the city of Carmel. And, for me, serving as mayor is about solving challenges, planning proactively, and continuing to lead innovation in our city.
Rider is the first candidate to announce a run for mayor in what could be a crowded race ahead of the 2023 primary election in May, especially after Brainard’s announcement last week.
Rider has served on the Carmel City Council since 2008. In addition to his council role, he has served on the Carmel Plan Commission and runs two Carmel restaurants with his wife: Woody’s Library Restaurant on the main street and Divvy in downtown Carmel.