A Republican member of the Indianapolis City-County Council has endorsed Democratic incumbent Joe Hogsett in his bid for a second term as mayor.
Republican Susie Cordi, who was elected to the council in 2015 and is not seeking re-election this year, is featured in a radio advertisement released by the Hogsett campaign Monday morning.
In the 60-second ad, Cordi, who previously worked in city government under former Republican mayors Bill Hudnut and Steve Goldsmith, talks about her current job as a school bus driver and working with Hogsett during her time on the council.
She describes Hogsett, who also won election in 2015, as a fiscal conservative and mentions that the city has had a balanced budget for three years.
“I love Joe Hogsett,” Cordi says in the radio ad. “We’re lucky to have him.”
Republican state Sen. Jim Merritt, who is running against Hogsett, also is trying to show voters he can be bipartisan. On Thursday, Merritt announced that he would hire Democrat Bill Benjamin as chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, if elected.
Early voting started last week. Election Day is Nov. 5.