Shreve, a businessman who sold a company last year, has largely self-funded his campaign so far.
Candidates Sue Finkam, Fred Glynn and Kevin Rider shared their opinions with IBJ about some of the major issues in Carmel ahead of the Republican primary.
The question is whether the cigar-chomping, straight-talking populism of political pundit Abdul-Hakim Shabazz will be enough to overcome the deep pockets and measured approach of wealthy businessman Jefferson Shreve.
Whoever is elected mayor will have to tackle the challenges of a decrease in office workers, an increase in homelessness and crime, and the continued decline of Circle Centre Mall.
Shreve, a wealthy businessman and former City-County Councilor, is spending more than $220,000 on the TV spot that started airing last weekend.
Eric Holt, who tracks pedestrian and cyclist deaths in Indianapolis, is creating a voter guide in hopes of spurring the election of mayoral and council candidates who want to address systemic street safety issues.
Candidate Gregory Meriweather is abandoning his campaign in favor of supporting state legislator Robin Shackleford in her bid for the Democratic mayoral nomination, he announced Wednesday.
According to crime data for the Mile Square over the past three years—the only such data available that includes figures for 2022—violent incidents are down from the pandemic peak years of 2020 and 2021 in all categories except robberies, which were up 43%, from 56 to 80.
Tale of two downtowns: $9B set to be invested in projects, even as business district struggles with recovery
Many parts of downtown are thriving—particularly neighborhoods, where rents are rising, people have to stand in line for a lunch table, and investments are flowing. Other parts—especially downtown’s central core, where many workers might come to the office only once or twice a week—are limping along, pockmarked by vacant storefronts, panhandlers and crumbling sidewalks.
Shreve, who sold his company Storage Express for $590 million last year, told IBJ he’ll need to do some self-funding to launch his mayoral run and mount a vigorous campaign for the Republican nomination.
The other candidates in the Democratic primary for mayor—State Rep. Robin Shackleford and political newcomer Gregory Meriweather—haven’t filed campaign finance reports yet.
Black clergy, who often carry significant influence with African American voters, say it’s time for a Black mayor. But several told IBJ they are not prepared to say the Black faith community will support any of the Black candidates over Hogsett until they learn more about them.
Community engagement consultant Gregory Meriweather on Tuesday officially formed a campaign committee to seek the Democratic nomination for mayor of Indianapolis, setting up a contested primary against incumbent Mayor Joe Hogsett and State Rep. Robin Schackleford.
James Jackson, pastor of Fervent Prayer Church at 10512 E. 38th St., says he plans to focus on public safety and education in his campaign.
The intensifying Republican dominance of statewide politics and heightened Democrat popularity in Indianapolis raise questions about how or when the opposing party can ever win a statewide or citywide seat.
State Rep. Robin Shackleford said she would make an “important announcement about her political future.” Should she run for mayor, it would set up a potential Democratic primary contest against Mayor Joe Hogsett, who has yet to say whether he will seek a third term.
Recent developments, including the prospect of a contested Democratic primary for mayor, could prompt Hogsett to announce his decision sooner rather than later.
Shackleford’s candidacy would set up a potential Democratic primary battle with Mayor Joe Hogsett, who has yet to disclose his future political plans.
IBJ reporter Mickey Shuey (in for vacationing host Mason King) talks with Vaughn about what he’s learned during his eight years as president of the Indiana Sports Corp. and why he’s leaving to take a job in the tech sector.