INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Joe Hogsett (D) and Jim Merritt (R) have declared victory in Indianapolis' mayoral primary election and will face off in the general election this fall.
Incumbent Hogsett took office as Indianapolis' mayor in 2016. He previously served as a U.S. attorney for Southern District of Indiana from 2010-2014.
Merritt has been a State Senator for 28 years, and threw his hat into the Indianapolis mayoral race in January of 2019. He is running on the platform of “Indianapolis deserves better,” highlighting the senseless violence the city has seen in recent years.
The general election for mayor of Indianapolis will be November 5.
Hogsett issued the following statement after declaring victory in the primary:
“When Indianapolis faced a deep deficit, we worked together to deliver back-to-back balanced budgets. When our city felt the harms of decades of underfunding on our roads and streets, we stepped forward with a plan to spend $400 million on infrastructure over the next four years. And when we saw that not every family feels safe in their neighborhood, we prioritized expanding our police force, invested in programs that target the root causes of violent crime, and returned to community-based beat policing. Together, we have accomplished so much in just a few short years. Tonight, we take another step toward four more.”
Merritt released the following statement later Tuesday night:
“I’m grateful to all of our supporters for tonight’s primary victory. I couldn’t have done this without your encouragement and I promise to live up to the trust you’ve shown in me. Now, it’s on to the general election and to letting the people of Indianapolis know that the future ahead can be brighter.
“The people of Indianapolis have been neglected for four years. The current mayor’s legacy will be a failure of leadership, failure of vision and failure to add the latest and greatest to the Indianapolis story. Public safety will be the number one issue of the Merritt administration. It’s time once again to walk down the streets and feel safe. And friends, it’s time to fix our infrastructure.
“It’s time to take our city back. This is the city that I love. I will work every day to earn the right and the privilege to serve the people of Indianapolis.”
FOX59 live streamed Hogsett and Merritt's victory speeches on Facebook.