INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 1, 2015) – In an election where it’s possible less than ten percent of the registered voters will determine who will be Indianapolis’ next mayor, every ballot counts, and the two men who are vying for that post spent their last Sunday before the election shaking hands and boosting volunteers.
Republican Chuck Brewer knocked on doors in the Historic Fletcher Place community while Democrat Joe Hogsett thanked supporters manning a phone bank at this westside campaign headquarters.
Both men agree that public safety will be an overriding priority of the next mayor.
“My policies are focused on reducing that violent crime, specifically hiring more officers, injecting technology and process improvement so we can police intelligently and ship those new resources towards the neighborhoods where we need them the most,” said Brewer.
“We cannot rely on law enforcement alone,” said Hogsett. “IMPD is already stretched too thin and if we are going to meaningfully in the short term address this rise in gun related violence and the increase in homicides, it’s going to take a community effort.”
The successor to Mayor Greg Ballard will be faced to running the city with diminished financial resources.
“I know that we don’t have much money but I’ve spent my entire life in really difficult situations, not only as a combat marine and military officer, but also as an entrepreneur and executive,” said Brewer. “I’ve faced a number of different organizations where there weren’t enough resources and we had to get innovative and had to think about doing things in different ways. This city would significantly benefit from somebody that had this youthful energy and innovation approaches that could see things in a different way.”
“This is a big city with big challenges and those challenges are not going to be addressed unless you bring to bear the resources of the city as a whole,” said Hogsett as he pledged to seek out bi-partisan support if elected. “I hope to establish good working relationships with the City County Council, particularly on fiscal related matters but it’s also going to take a mayor who is able to walk down to the other end of Market Street and communicate a very important message to the Indiana General Assembly and to our governor about how important investment in Indianapolis is for the betterment of all of Indiana.”
Both candidates tell whether win or lose, they promise to offer their cooperation or seek out their opponent’s support in tackling the challenges of the next administration.