The mayoral race between Democrat incumbent Joe Hogsett and Republican challenger Jefferson Shreve of the Southside is the main event expected to lead voters throughout Marion County to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Hogsett seeks a third term as mayor while Shreve, a former City-County Council member, tries for his first major political elected office. They have waged a battle for votes with two televised debates and a variety of TV ads.
Hogsett has touted his record as mayor while Shreve insists that the incumbent mayor has failed to lead the city and that it is time for a change. Shreve, who lives in Perry Township, is attempting to become the city’s first mayor from the Southside since Uni-Gov was formed.
The mayor’s race in Beech Grove has attracted interest as voters elect a successor to longtime Mayor Dennis Buckley, a Democrat, who is not running for re-election. The choices in Beech Grove are Democrat Jim Coffman, longtime business owner and current city clerk-treasurer, and Republican Rick Skirvin, business owner, current school board member and former park board member.
In Southport, incumbent Republican Mayor James A. Cooney is opposed by redevelopment commission member and independent Heather Newport. All Republican candidates for Southport’s five city council seats are unopposed.
In Johnson County, incumbent Republican Mayor Mark Myers is unopposed.
Polls are open Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
On the Southside, voters have several voting centers, including: Acton United Methodist Church, 5650 Senour Road; Beech Grove High School, 5330 Hornet Ave.; Chin Christian Church, 201 E. Epler Ave.; Decatur Township Government Center, 5410 S. High School Road; Franklin Township Government Center, 6231 S. Arlington Ave.; Garfield Park Burello Center, 2345 Pagoda Drive; Perry Township Government Center, 4925 Shelby St.; and Southport Heights Christian Church, 7154 McFarland Road.
Early voting in Marion County can be accomplished today through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Monday, 8 a.m. to noon, at the City-County Building, 122 W. Washington St.; also today through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Decatur Township, Franklin Township, and Perry Township government centers.
In northern Johnson County, Election Day voting sites include: Mt. Auburn Methodist Church, 3100 W. Stones Crossing Road; White River Public Library, 1664 Library Blvd.; Community Church of Greenwood, 2045 Averitt Road; Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St.; and Greenwood Bible Baptist Church, 1461 Sheek Road, each in Greenwood; Grace Assembly of God, 6822 N. U.S. 31, New Whiteland; and Clark Pleasant Public Library, Clearwater Blvd. and U.S. 31, Whiteland.
Early voting centers at White River and Greenwood pubic libraries are open today through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Registered voters must have a valid photo ID to vote.
Election Day contested races:
City of Indianapolis: Mayor-Joe Hogsett (D), Jefferson Shreve (R). City-County Council-Dist. 18-Kristen Jones (D), Mark Renholzberger (L); Dist. 19-Frank Mascari (D), Terry L. Trent (R); Dist. 21-Phil Webster (D), Josh Bain (R); Dist. 23-Ryan Hughey (D); Derek Cahill (R); Dist. 24-Dominique Davie (D), Mike Dilk (R).
Beech Grove: Mayor-James W. Coffman (D), Rick Skirvin (R); Clerk-Treasurer-Samantha S. Stratton (D), Celina Jared (R). Council: Dist. 1-Elizabeth A. Lamping (D), Philip N. Davis (R); Dist. 2-Kelsey Behl (D), Ryan Matkins (R); Dist. 3-Autumn James (D), Michael Hemmelgarn (R); Dist. 5-Jonathan Broadwell (D), Michael R. Earnest (R); At-Large-Philip N. Davis II (D), Chris Duffer (R), Benajmin Easley (D), Dan McMillan (R).
Greenwood: City Council-Dist. 3, Michael Williams (R), Manjit S. Nagra (D); Dist. 4, Teri Manship (R), Nathan Cardenas (D), At-Large-Erin Maurine Betron (R), Mike Campbell (R), Rachel Matthews (D), Steve Moan (R), James M. Sceniak (L), Charrie Stambaugh (D).
Southport: Mayor-James A. Cooney (R), Heather Newport (I).
Voter info: Marion County, 317-327-5040; Johnson County, 317-346-4467. Online: indy.govvote-centers; co.johnson.in.us.; and www.vote411.org.