In Fishers’ contested city council races, incumbents endorsed by Mayor Scott Fadness prevailed.
Chris Jensen won the Republican primary, meaning he’s likely to replace retiring Mayor John Ditslear. But councilor Rick Taylor, who served District 3, lost in Tuesday’s election.
Mayor Jim Brainard received 56% of the GOP primary vote, while his challenger Fred Glynn garnered 44%. The race had turned ugly in recent weeks.
With 30% of the vote in, Democrat Joe Hogsett, who has served as mayor since 2016, had 83% of the vote compared to opponent Denise Hatch, a retired Center Township resident, who had 17 percent. State Sen. Jim Merritt had 82% in the GOP primary.
Incumbent Joe Hogsett and Republican Jim Merritt are expected to easily win their primaries in the Indianapolis mayor’s race. In Hamilton County, the races could be more interesting.
In Hamilton County, the increase is likely tied in part to some interesting GOP primary battles. In Marion County, voters could choose to vote early at any of three different polling sites for the first time in a decade. Polls are open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Incumbent Indy Mayor Joe Hogsett and GOP challenger Jim Merritt are expected to win their parties’ nominations easily. Meanwhile in Fishers and Carmel, incumbents are fending off primary challenges.
The event is expected to include brief remarks from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Hogsett, as well as a wreath laying and moment of silence.
Commentary: Most of the tributes that have flowed since his death have focused on his huge, history-shaping achievements. But let’s remember that Dick Lugar walked our streets long before he strode the world’s stage.
Dozens of tributes to Richard Lugar rolled in on Sunday as news spread of the death of the former Indianapolis mayor and U.S. senator from Indiana.
The Indianapolis native served two terms as mayor, orchestrating the unification of the city and the outlying parts of Marion County. He went on to serve 36 years in the U.S. Senate.
Clerk-Treasurer Christine Pauley said Mayor Jim Brainard created a difficult work environment by pushing her to go on trips with him. But the mayor said in a statement that the two briefly dated and the timing of the accusations—just two weeks before the primary—is “interesting.”
The Indiana House Ethics Committee said Monday that “reasonable cause does not exist to support the alleged violation” by Speaker Brian Bosma.
Gov. Eric Holcomb is set to become the first Indiana governor to deliver a spring commencement speech at Ball State University while in office.
An Indiana casino CEO treated Gov. Eric Holcomb to two private jet flights last year and made big contributions to Holcomb’s largest 2016 campaign donor, all while he was pushing for changes to state law that would benefit his business, according to a newspaper report.
The president’s comments dim hopes that round-the-clock trade negotiations between the world’s two biggest economies could lead to them removing the roughly $360 billion in tariffs they’ve imposed on each other’s imports.
Indiana’s Rep. Susan Brooks said it would be “worrisome” if Trump were to remove Coats as director of national intelligence. And Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana said he seems no indication a change is coming.
The president has never seen Coats—the nation’s top intelligence official and a former senator from Indiana—as a close or trusted adviser, sources told The Washington Post. But Trump has become more frustrated with him in recent weeks over public statements that Trump sees as undercutting his policy goals.
Republican Jim Merritt—who has represented an Indianapolis district in the state Senate for nearly two decades—will take on Mayor Joe Hogsett in what is already proving to be a more spirited contest than the race four years ago.
A Republican House committee chairman said now isn’t the time to consider the bill while Attorney General Curtis Hill faces a possible lawsuit over the allegations.