On Tuesday night, democratic candidate Joe Hogsett was elected mayor of Indianapolis. He won 62 percent of the vote according to the Marion County Election Board compared to the Republican candidate, Chuck Brewer who won about 39 percent and the independent candidate, Same Carson with .62 percent of the vote.
Of the 663,209 registered voters, voter turnout was about 22 percent with 150,451 people casting their ballot for the municipal election.
Indianapolis was formally introduced to mayoral candidate Hogsett on a chilly evening Nov. 12, as he launched his campaign from a podium inside the historic Landmark for Peace Memorial at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
The former federal prosecutor from Rushville, Indiana, has lived and worked in Indianapolis for three decades and served as Indiana’s Secretary of State from 1989–1994.
Hogsett’s campaign focuses on a comprehensive public safety plan to ensure streets are safe, expanding access to high-quality pre-K, securing jobs for residents and spending tax dollars efficiently and effectively.
During his election speech, Hogsett said he was going to “celebrate a hard-earned victory.”
“…far more important is the recognition that in victory comes enormous responsibility. In our democracy, elections naturally create competition between us. And that is appropriate, until the election is over. But NOW is the time for us to come together again as we were intended to — regardless of party, or race, or faith or station in life. For we are ONE CITY.”
“NOW is our opportunity to show that partisanship need not be perpetual. For we are . . . ONE CITY. NOW is our moment to cast aside the despair of violence and replace it with the hope of a summer job for a young person. For we are ONE CITY.
NOW is the day that we must bring policing back to the community, so that every officer knows their neighborhood and every neighborhood knows their officer. For we are ONE CITY. NOW is the hour that we must end the seemingly endless debates about our schools and retain and recruit the teachers that will actually improve them. For we are ONE CITY. NOW, in this very moment, we must ensure that if “INDY welcomes all,” so must we work to ensure that “INDIANA welcomes all.” For we are . . . ONE CITY.
NOW is the time for us to dream once again. For we are ONE CITY.”
“Finally, to all the residents of our city, regardless of who you voted FOR, what part of the city you live IN, or what party you belong TO from the bottom of my heart, thank you.”