Mayor endorses Chuck Brewer in new campaign ad

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INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 22, 2015) - We're less than two weeks away from electing a new mayor in Indianapolis, and now the city's current mayor is weighing in.

In these final weeks, both candidates are hitting the airwaves, but also this week Mayor Greg Ballard is endorsing fellow Republican Chuck Brewer in a new ad.

Like Ballard eight years ago, Brewer is considered the heavy underdog in the race.

He did receive a campaign contribution from Ballard early on, but this is the first commercial endorsement from the mayor, who's also endorsing two council candidates - Colleen Fanning and Anthony Davidson.

“To keep Indianapolis moving forward, we need the right leadership,” said Ballard in the ad.

“It is later, that tends to be Mayor Ballard’s pattern (with endorsements),” said IndyStar opinions editor Tim Swarens. “The thinking may be that a late in the game push could help. I’m not sure it’s really going to make a big difference but in those council races it may be enough to make a difference.”

This week Democrat Joe Hogsett is also out with a new ad, talking about his proposals, and tying together some of his key themes from the campaign.

Meantime, the IndyStar’s ‘Truth Squad’ says another Hogsett ad may have used ‘artistic license’ for using someone else’s home in the ad.

Election Day is November 3.