Senior staff writer
Two Indianapolis City-County councilors from the Southside are up for re-election Nov. 3.
District 21 Democrat Frank Mascari, who owns Spalding Jewelry in Beech Grove, and District 25 Republican Aaron Freeman, former Marion County Deputy prosecutor, face challenges in their respective districts.
Mascari, a lifelong Beech Grove resident, is serving his first term after defeating Susie Day in 2011. He has been a strong voice on the council, calling for a more fiscally responsible way of adding officers to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and for an examination of the city’s contract for electric cars.
He is opposed by Republican Anthony Davidson, also a lifelong Beech Grove resident who was elected to city’s council in 2011. Davidson said he would strive to improve public safety, economic development and neighborhoods.
Freeman is opposed by Democrat Jeff Wheeler and Libertarian Michael Jasper in District 25 (most of Franklin Township). Freeman has served on the City-County Council since 2010 and has helped in forging $29 million in road and infrastructure improvements to Southside neighborhoods.
Wheeler is an electrician who has helped with the annual Christmas lighting of Monument Circle. He is the assistant business manager of IBEW Local 481.
Jasper is a certified public Accountant and financial advisor. He was the 2014 Libertarian candidate for state treasurer.
In District 18 (Southeastside), IUPUI student Eddie Barnes, D, a former intern for then-U.S. Attorney General Joe Hogsett’s office, and school bus driver Susie Cordi, R, are vying for the seat vacated by La Keisha Jackson, who is now in District 14.
In District 23 (western Perry Township), attorney Scott Kreider, R, faces Douglas McNaughton, L.