A Carmel mayoral debate Tuesday night mostly focused on the city's debt load and the administration's spending, with Mayor Jim Brainard at one point handing his opponent a $10 bill in an attempt to prove a point.
Mayor Hogsett and Council President Vop Osili have decided to pool resources and launch what Democrats say is the first true citywide coordinated campaign in Marion County to re-elect the mayor and expand the party's majority on the 25-member council.
Jose Evans has decided to not to run for mayor and has thrown his support behind State Sen. Jim Merritt. And City-County Council member Jefferson Shreve, who replaced Jeff Miller last year, won't seek a return to the council after his current term ends.
Jim Merritt, who will formally announce his campaign Thursday afternoon, told IBJ he was running for mayor because he “loves my city,” and is concerned about the city’s high number of murders and “rampant homelessness.”