Senior staff writer
Election Day features mayoral elections that hopefully will attract voters to polls from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday.
Southsider will join Marion County voters in selecting a new mayor for Indianapolis between Perry Township resident Chuck Brewer, a Republican, and former federal prosecutor Joe Hogsett, a Democrat. Two-term Mayor Greg Ballard, who scored a major political upset by winning the 2007 election, is not seeking another term.
Brewer, who moved to the Southside a few years ago, is a political newcomer to central Indiana. He owns two restaurants in Downtown Indianapolis. A decorated military veteran and former corporate vice president, Brewer’s platform emphasized improved law enforcement with more police patrols, better jobs, stronger neighborhoods, economic development and more food stores in neighborhoods.
Hogsett is a seasoned politician who served as Indiana secretary of state and U.S. attorney of the Southern District of Indiana. His platform calls for the hiring of 150 new police officers, more street lights, restoration of neighborhoods, crack down on gangs, launching a summer employment initiative for at-risk teenagers, a housing program for new teachers and the efficient use of tax dollars.
Beech Grove Democratic incumbent Mayor Dennis Buckley is opposed by first-time Republican challenger, retired military veteran Ed McDonald.
Beech Grove voters also will decide a three-way clerk-treasurer’s race between Democrat incumbent Dan McMillan, D, and challengers Ron Mote, R, and independent James Coffman.
Each of the seven Beech Grove City Council seats are contested.
An Indianapolis City County-Council race has high interest in Beech Grove as Democrat incumbent business owner Frank Mascari faces opposition from former Beech Grove Councilor Anthony Davidson, R, for the District 21 seat.
In Southport, voters will re-elect incumbent Jesse Testruth or choose first-time independent mayoral candidate Russ McClure.
Testruth has campaigned on the achievements of his first term, particularly the improvement of streets and sidewalks, including the Anniston Road project in 2012, planned improvements to Pine and McLoughlin streets for curb and storm water drainage with a $500,000 grant and repaving of Hall Street that began Monday.
McClure, president of the Redevelopment Commission, has emphasized his background in planning and development.
In Greenwood, the electorate will decide on a four-way race for three at-large council spots between incumbents Mike Campbell and Brent Corey, newcomer Chuck Landon of the Economic Development Commission and Wilson Mack of the International Medical Group.
Republican incumbent council members Bruce Armstrong, District 3, and Ron Bates, District 4, are seeking their fourth terms against newcomer Ranjanpreet Nagra and former City Judge Duane O’Neal, respectively.