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Voters selecting more than 100 mayors across Indiana

November 3, 2015

More than 100 cities around Indiana are holding mayoral elections Tuesday as voters decide who will lead those communities for the next four years.

A new mayor is a certainty in the state's largest city as Democrat Joe Hogsett and Republican Chuck Brewer are on the Indianapolis ballot to replace two-term GOP Mayor Greg Ballard, who didn't run for re-election.

Hogsett is the much better-known candidate from his time as the city's U.S. attorney and has had a more than 4-to-1 campaign fundraising advantage over Brewer. A wild card could be low voter turnout in Indianapolis, as election officials say early voting before Monday's deadline was down more than 30 percent from the 2011 city election.

Voter turnout in Indianapolis could also have an impact on which party controls the City County Council.

Elsewhere, Fort Wayne Democratic Mayor Tom Henry is seeking a third term leading the state's second-largest city, and faces Republican City Councilman Mitch Harper.

Henry has received endorsements from business groups, but Republicans have criticized him recently over his response to allegations that the Democratic city clerk threatened city employees' jobs if they didn't help the campaign of her top deputy for that office. Both officials have resigned, although former deputy clerk Angie Davis remains on Tuesday's ballot.

In Evansville, Republican Mayor Lloyd Winnecke is up for re-election against Democratic state Rep. Gail Riecken. The Evansville race has seen dustups over budget cuts made last week by the Democratic-controlled City Council and questions over Winnecke's knowledge about a police investigation of a GOP city council candidate who last month admitted to having a sexual relationship with a student while he was a high school teacher in the 1970s.

The Terre Haute mayoral race features the older brother of basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird, Mark Bird, as the Democratic candidate against two-term Republican Mayor Duke Bennett. The candidates have clashed over Bennett's financial leadership of the city that faces a multimillion-dollar general fund deficit.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is facing voters for the first time since he came out as gay in June. The Democrat's announcement has drawn scant discussion as he seeks a second term against Republican Kelly Jones, a little-known jewelry maker.

Polling sites are scheduled to be open until 6 p.m. around the state.

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