Outgoing Gary mayor endorses successor

April 12, 2011 2:41:52 PM PDT
Outgoing Gary, Indiana, Mayor Rudy Clay has made an endorsement in the race for his successor.

Clay announced Tuesday that he is throwing his support behind Democrat Karen Freeman-Wilson, one of the front-runners in the mayoral race.

Freeman-Wilson is a former state attorney general and Gary city court judge.

Clay is not seeking re-election because he is being treated for prostate cancer.

"I support Karen Freeman-Wilson, because at this time she's the best qualified person for the job," Clay said.

"Mayor Clay has determined that I am the best person to lead the city in a time of great challenge but even greater promise," said Freeman-Wilson.

Freeman-Wilson is running against nine other candidates for Gary mayor.

The election is May 3.