On November 3, 2015, Indianapolis residents will elect a new mayor regardless of who is on the ballot.
Mayor Greg Ballard announced he would not seek a third term Thursday. Ballard says he has dedicated his life to public service, first as a Marine and second as mayor, he now wants to seek out other things to do with his wife, Winnie.
Ballard discussed what he felt were the successes of his years in office, citing the city’s hosting of Super Bowl, the modernization of the Mayor’s Action Center, various sustainability projects, and others.
“Indy is the city that kept building, despite the recession. Everywhere you look you see signs of progress and things getting done,” said Ballard in a released statement. “Look at the transformation that's taking place at the old Central State Hospital, Winona Hospital, the Meadows, Keystone Towers and Bush Stadium. A month ago, we broke ground on the Downtown Transit Center. And Cummins is building a global divisional headquarters in downtown Indy.”
Although Ballard’s statement said he is confident he could have won a third term in office, history indicates that a third term may have been easier said than done . While the office has no term limits, only one mayor in the history of the office has been elected to more than two 4-year terms in office. Mayor Bill Hudnut served from four terms in office from 1976-1992 and chose not to run for a fifth term.