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Candidates in their 20s win at least 3 Indiana mayoral races

November 4, 2015

Candidates in their 20s have been elected mayor in at least three Indiana cities.

Twenty-six-year-old Republican Matt Gentry won Lebanon's election Tuesday with nearly two-thirds of the vote. Gentry told The Lebanon Reporter he's ready for the learning curve of leading the 16,000-person community near Indianapolis.

Gentry is a former Indiana House Republican staffer and works for the political consulting firm Mark It Red that's led by his father, Mike Gentry.

The mayoral winner in Delphi was 25-year-old independent candidate Shane Evans, who graduated this year from Indiana University's law school. Evans told Journal & Courier of Lafayette his primary focus will be attracting young families to the 3,000-person city.

Voters in Frankfort re-elected Republican Mayor Chris McBarnes, who won his first term in the Clinton County city four years ago at the age of 23.

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