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Marion County Municipal Primary Election Results

All officially endorsed candidates came away victorious

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Democratic Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett casts his ballot during the municipal primary election on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Indianapolis.

After all the ballots were counted, there were few surprises to be found in the results of the 2019 Marion County municipal primary election on Tuesday, May 7.

All of the Indianapolis City-County Council and mayoral candidates endorsed by the Marion County Democratic and Republican parties came away victorious.

Early voting was at its highest levels in at least a decade with a total of 2,734, compared to 2,027 in 2015, and 2,471 in 2011, according to a Monday, May 6 press release from Russell Hollis, deputy director of the Marion County Clerk’s Office. The total absentee voting count didn't quite break records, though, with a final count of 4,301, compared to 3,706 in 2015, and 4,396 in 2011.

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Early voting was at its highest levels in at least a decade with a total of 2,734, compared to 2,027 in 2015, and 2,471 in 2011, according to a Monday, May 6 press release from Russell Hollis, deputy director of the Marion County Clerk’s Office. The total absentee voting count didn't quite break records, though, with a final count of 4,301, compared to 3,706 in 2015, and 4,396 in 2011.

According to the Marion County Election Board, final turnout was at 8.63 percent of the 628,541 registered voters. There were 35,054 Democratic ballots cast, 18,609 Republican ballots, and 587 non-partisan.

According to figures provided by the Marion County Democratic Party, these numbers represented an increase for candidates of their party from 2015, when the total was 28,965, and decrease for Republicans from four years ago, when their total was 20,409.

INDIANAPOLIS MAYOR

Indianapolis Mayors

After running successfully for the office of Indianapolis mayor in 2015, Democratic incumbent Joe Hogsett is running for re-election in 2019. In the primary election he defeated fellow Democrat Denise Paul Hatch.

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Democratic Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett casts his ballot during the municipal primary election on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Indianapolis.

“When Indianapolis faced a deep deficit, we worked together to deliver back-to-back balanced budgets. When our city felt the harms of decades of under-funding on our roads and streets, we stepped forward with a plan to spend $400 million on infrastructure over the next four years. And when we saw that not every family feels safe in their neighborhood, we prioritized expanding our police force, invested in programs that target the root causes of violent crime, and returned to community-based beat policing. Together, we have accomplished so much in just a few short years. Tonight, we take another step toward four more,” stated Hogsett.

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Democratic Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett casts his ballot during the municipal primary election on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Indianapolis.

Republican challenger State Sen. James W. Merritt defeated Christopher James Moore and Felipe Rios in the primary election.

“Statewide, our local Republican elected officials share a sacred trust with Hoosiers. From the Statehouse to city halls across the state, Hoosiers know that electing Republican leaders results in responsibly-managed tax dollars and great government service. That's why Hoosiers continue to choose Republicans at the ballot box, and it's why I'm so excited to support our newly-nominated Republican municipal candidates,” stated Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer. "We'll be working hard across the state this year to make sure our Republican candidates cross the finish line first in November, electing candidates who will deliver people-driven results in communities across the state. Thank you to each and every candidate who put their name forward during this primary season, and congratulations to our party's new nominees going into the fall."

Hogsett and Merritt will face Libertarian Douglas John (Mac) McNaughton in the general election.

DENISE PAUL HATCH

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

5,612 votes

16.17 percent

JOE HOGSETT

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

29,093 votes

83.83 percent

JAMES W. MERRITT JR.

REPUBLICAN PARTY

14,898 votes

82.75 pecent

CHRISTOPHER JAMES MOORE

REPUBLICAN PARTY

2,620 votes

14.55 percent

FELIPE RIOS

REPUBLICAN PARTY

486 votes

2.7 percent

INDIANAPOLIS CITY-COUNTY COUNCIL

District 1

District 1 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers the northwestern corner of the city. Incumbent Democrat Leroy Robinson was first elected as an at-large Council member in 2011, and won election to represent District 1 in 2015. He will face Republican challenger Richard J. Anderson in the general election.

LEROY ROBINSON

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

1,466 votes

100 percent

RICHARD J. ANDERSON

REPUBLICAN PARTY

657 votes

100 percent

District 2

District 2

Keith Potts (D), Colleen Fanning (R), Thye Petty (D)

District 2 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers the north central side of the city. Incumbent Republican Colleen Fanning was first elected as councilor in 2015. She will face Democratic challenger Keith Potts in the general election.

KEITH POTTS

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

1,671 votes

100 percent

COLLEEN FANNING

REPUBLICAN PARTY

975 votes

100 percent

District 3

District 3

Dan Jones (R), Dan Boots (D), Coleman J Watson (D)

District 3 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers part of the northeastern side of the city. Democratic incumbent Christine Scales did not file to run for re-election. After defeating his Democrat primary opponent Coleman J. Watson, Dan Boots will face Republican Dan Jones in the general election.

DAN BOOTS

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

1,244 votes

77.65 percent

COLEMAN J. WATSON

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

358 votes

22.35 percent

DAN JONES

REPUBLICAN PARTY

940 votes

100 percent

District 4

District 4

Ethan P. Evans (D), Timothy Alan Knight (D), Michael J. McQuillen (R)

District 4 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers part of the northwestern side of the city. Incumbent Republican Mike McQuillen has held the seat since 2008. After defeating Democratic primary opponent Timothy Alan Knight, Ethan P. Evans will challenge him in the general election.

ETHAN P. EVANS

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

785 votes

63.15 percent

TIMOTHY ALAN KNIGHT

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

458 votes

36.85 percent

MIKE MCQUILLEN

REPUBLICAN PARTY

1,176 votes

100 percent

District 5

District 5

Alison (Ali) Brown (D), Sherron Wellington Franklin (D), Adam Cox (R), Crystal Puckett (D)

District 5 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers the northwestern-most side of the city. Incumbent Republican Jeff Coats is not seeking re-election. After defeating Democratic primary opponents Sherron Wellington Franklin and Crystal Puckett, Alison (Ali) Brown will face Republican Adam Cox in the general election.

ALISON (ALI) BROWN

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

1,014 votes

56.68 percent

SHERRON WELLINGTON FRANKLIN

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

329 votes

18.39 percent

CRYSTAL PUCKETT

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

446 votes

24.93 percent

ADAM COX

REPUBLICAN PARTY

1,680 votes

100 percent

District 6

District 6

Crista Carlino (D), Janice McHenry (R)

District 6 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers part of the northwest side of the city. Incumbent Republican Janice Shattuck McHenry has served in the seat since 2007. Challenging her is Democrat Crista Carlino.

CRISTA CARLINO

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

1,211 votes

100 percent

JANICE SHATTUCK MCHENRY

REPUBLICAN PARTY

1,189 votes

100 percent

District 7

John Barth

Indianapolis City-County Council District 7 candidate John Barth

District 7 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers the near northwest side of the city. According to the Marion County Election Board, incumbent Democratic Councilor Joseph Simpson withdrew his name from consideration for re-election. That means Democratic challenger John Barth is running unopposed in the Tuesday, May 7 primary election.

JOHN BARTH

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

2,296 votes

100 percent

District 8

District 8 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers part of the northwest side of the city. Democratic incumbent Monroe Gray Jr. has held the seat since 1992. He will continue to do so after defeating Democratic primary challenger Eric L. Cunningham.

ERIC L. CUNNINGHAM

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

635 votes

27.86 percent

MONROE GRAY JR.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

1,644 votes

72.14 percent

District 9

District 9

William Duke Oliver (D), Leigh Riley Evans (D), Phillip L. Anderson Sr. (D), Martha Baker Blue (D)

District 9 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers part of the near north side of the city. Democratic incumbent William Duke Oliver has held the seat since 2004, and will continue to do so after defeating primary election challengers Phillip L. Anderson Sr., Martha Baker Blue, and Leigh Riley Evans.

PHILLIP L. ANDERSON SR.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

252 votes

7.64 percent

MARTHA BAKER BLUE

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

304 votes

9.22 percent

LEIGH RILEY EVANS

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

1,342 votes

40.7 percent

WILLIAM (DUKE) OLIVER

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

1,399 votes

42.43 percent

District 10

District 10 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers part of the northwestern side of the city. Democratic incumbent Maggie A. Lewis first won her seat in 2008, and is running unopposed.

MAGGIE A. LEWIS

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

1,002 votes

100 percent

District 11

District 11

Evan Shearin (R), Vop Osili (D)

District 11 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers the near west side of the city. Incumbent Democrat and current Council President Vop Osili was first elected to represent the district in 2011. In the general election, he will face Republican challenger Evan Shearin.

VOP OSILI

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

1,668 votes

100 percent

EVAN SHEARIN

REPUBLICAN PARTY

167 votes

100 percent

District 12

District 12 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers the near east side of the city. Democratic incumbent Blake Johnson was first elected to the seat in 2015. He will face Libertarian Justin L. Harter in the general election.

BLAKE JOHNSON

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

1,091 votes

100 percent

District 13

District 13 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers part of the northeastern side of the city. Democratic incumbent Stephen J. Clay did not file to run for re-election. After defeating Democratic primary opponent Deandra Denise Yates, Keith Graves will take his seat.

KEITH GRAVES

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

1,360 votes

67.59 percent

DEANDRA DENISE YATES

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

652 votes

32.41 percent

District 14

District 14 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers part of the east side of the city. Democratic incumbent La Keisha Jackson has represented the district since 2014, and will continue to do so after defeating primary opponent Rena Allen.

RENA ALLEN

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

143 votes

11.81 percent

LA KEISHA JACKSON

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

1,068 votes

88.19 percent

District 15

District 15

Bryan Chatfield (D), Andy Harris (R), Jessica McCormick (D)

District 15 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers part of the west side of the city. Republican Marilyn Pfisterer is not running for re-election. Her seat is currently filled by Republican Andy Harris. After defeating Democratic primary opponent Bryan Chatfield, Jessica McCormick will face him in the general election.

BRYAN CHATFIELD

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

183 votes

15.35 percent

JESSICA MCCORMICK

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

1,009 votes

84.65 percent

ANDY HARRIS

REPUBLICAN PARTY

1,136 votes

100 percent

District 16

District 16

Patrick Wagner (D), Kristin Jones (D), Laura Giffel (R)

District 16 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers the near west side of the city. Current Democratic office-holder Jefferson Shreve is not running for election after taking the seat formerly occupied by Jeff Miller, who resigned in 2018, several months after child molestation charges were first announced. Looking to take his seat are Republican Laura Giffel and Democrat Kristin Jones, who defeated primary opponent Patrick Wagner.

KRISTIN JONES

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

594 votes

72.09 percent

PATRICK WAGNER

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

230 votes

27.91 percent

LAURA GIFFEL

REPUBLICAN PARTY

351 percent

100 votes

District 17

District 17

Zach Adamson (D), Joseph Denney (D), Paula J. Barnett (R)

District 17 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers the north side of downtown. Incumbent Zach Adamson was first elected in 2011 and will face Republican Paula J. Barnett and Libertarian Paul V. Copeland in the general election.

ZACH ADAMSON

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

1,700 votes

100 percent

District 18

District 18

Duane Ingram (D), Carrie Zapfe (R)

District 18 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers the near south east side of the city. Incumbent Republican Susie Cordi is not running for re-election. Looking to take her seat are Democrat Duane Ingram and Republican Carrie Zapfe.

DUANE INGRAM

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

541 votes

100 percent

CARRIE ZAPFE

REPUBLICAN PARTY

592 votes

100 percent

District 19

District 19

Tony Mendez (R), David M. Ray (D)

District 19 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers part of the east side of the city. Incumbent Democrat David M. Ray is running for re-election against Republican Tony Mendez.

DAVID M. RAY

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

894 votes

100 percent

TONY MENDEZ

REPUBLICAN PARTY

577 votes

100 percent

District 20

District 20 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers the southwestern corner of the city. Republican incumbent Jason Holliday has represented the district since 2011, and will face Democratic challenger Phil Webster in the general election.

PHIL WEBSTER

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

548 votes

100 percent

JASON HOLLIDAY

REPUBLICAN PARTY

986 votes

100 percent

District 21

District 21

Frank Mascari (D), Tyler Richardson (R)

District 21 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers the near south side of the city. Incumbent Democrat Frank Mascari first won his District 21 seat in 2015. (He was elected to represent District 20 in 2011.) He will face Republican challenger Tyler Richardson in the general election.

FRANK MASCARI

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

848 votes

100 percent

TYLER RICHARDSON

REPUBLICAN PARTY

658 votes

100 percent

District 22

District 22 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers part of the southwestern side of the city. Democratic incumbent Jared Evans has represented the district since 2016, and will face Republican challenger Jason A. Richey in the general election.

JARED EVANS

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

745 votes

100 percent

JASON A. RICHEY

REPUBLICAN PARTY

783 votes

100 percent

District 23

District 23 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers part of the southwestern side of the city. Republican Danielle R. Coulter has represented the district since 2018 after previous office-holder Scott Krieder announced his resignation. Coulter is not running for election, which means Republican challenger Paul Annee, who ran unsuccessfully for Marion County recorder in 2018, will take her seat.

PAUL ANNEE

REPUBLICAN PARTY

853 votes

100 percent

District 24

District 24

Thomas L. Vaughn (R), Doug Wood (R), Ben Brown (D)

District 24 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers part of the south central side of the city. Incumbent Republican John D. Wesseler is not running for election after filling the vacant spot left by the newly elected State Senator Jack Sandlin. After defeating Republican primary challenger Thomas L. Vaughn, Doug Wood will face Democrat Ben Brown in the general election.

BEN BROWN

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

572 votes

100 percent

THOMAS L. VAUGHN

REPUBLICAN PARTY

568 votes

45.26 percent

DOUG WOOD

REPUBLICAN PARTY

687 votes

54.74 percent

District 25

District 25

Brian Mowery (R), Justin Braun (R)

District 25 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers the south eastern-most part of the city. Incumbent Republican Brian Mowery was first elected in 2016, and is running for re-election against Democratic challenger Justin Braun.

JUSTIN BRAUN

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

402 votes

100 percent

BRIAN MOWERY

REPUBLICAN PARTY

877 votes

100 percent

Rob Burgess, News Editor at NUVO, can be reached by email at rburgess@nuvo.net, by phone at 317-808-4614 or on Twitter @robaburg.

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