In early April 2019, we asked NUVO readers to submit and then vote upon the questions they most wanted answered by Indianapolis City-County Council and Indianapolis mayoral candidates on the Tuesday, May 7, 2019 municipal primary election ballot. The following is a collection of the responses we received back by the Monday, May 6, 2019 deadline.

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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.

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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 will face fellow Democrat Denise Paul Hatch. The winner of that contest will face one of three Republican challengers: James W. Merritt, Christopher James Moore, or Felipe Rios.

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District 2 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers the north central side of the city. Incumbent Republican Colleen Fanning was first elected as councillor in 2015. Depending on the outcome of the primary election, she will face one of two Democratic challengers in the general election in November: Keith Potts or Thye Petty.

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District 3 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers part of the north western side of the city. Democratic incumbent Christine Scales did not file to run for re-election. Looking to take her place are Republican Dan Jones and Democrats Dan Boots and Coleman J. Watson.

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District 4 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers part of the north western side of the city. Incumbent Republican Mike McQuillen has held the seat since 2008. Depending on the outcome of the primary election, he will face one of two Democratic challengers in the general election in November: Ethan P. Evans or Timothy Alan Knight.

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District 4 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers the north western-most side of the city. Incumbent Republican Jeff Coats is not seeking re-election. In the running to take his seat are Republican Adam Cox and Democrats Alison (Ali) Brown, Sherron Wellington Franklin, and Crystal Puckett.

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

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Democratic challenger John Barth is running unopposed in the Tuesday, May 7 primary election for the District 7 seat on the Indianapolis City-County Council.

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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. He faces three challengers from his own party in the primary election: Phillip L. Anderson Sr., Martha Baker Blue, and Leigh Riley Evans.

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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.

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District 15 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers part of the west side of the city. Incumbent Republican Marilyn Pfisterer is not running for re-election. Looking to take her seat are Republican Andy Harris and Democrats Bryan Chatfield and Jessica McCormick.

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District 16 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers the near west side of the city. Incumbent Jefferson Shreve is not running for re-election. Looking to take his seat are Republican Laura Giffel and Democrats Kristin Jones and Patrick Wagner.

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District 17 of the Indianapolis City-County Council covers the north side of downtown. Incumbent Zach Adamson is running for re-election against fellow Democrat Joseph Denney and Republican Paula J. Barnett.

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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.

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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.

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

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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. Looking to fill the vacant seat are Democrat Ben Brown and Republicans Thomas L. Vaughn and Doug Wood.

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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.

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Originally, the plan was to send five questions to each of the Indianapolis mayoral and 25 City-County Council candidates. But, given the huge response, we've extended that to six questions each.

Writer - Local Government and Justice

My background is that I'm the fourth generation in my family to work as a journalist. I also have a degree from Indiana University in Elementary Education. My wife, Ash, and I have two children, Harper, 4, and Emerald, 1.

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Zach Crowe

Thanks for the guide. I learned that my current councilor decided to not seek re-election.

Rob Burgess Staff
Rob Burgess

You're welcome! Glad you found it informative.

Maxine Thomas

Great article. However, is there any particular reason why there are Districts left out. Such as 1,8,10,12,13,14,20,22, & 23?

Rob Burgess Staff
Rob Burgess

Hello,

Thanks for reading and responding. The reason we were not able to publish stories about those districts is because none of the candidates on the primary election ballot in those races returned answers after multiple attempts over the course of several weeks via phone, email, and mail. Here are the stories describing the process of compiling this Primary Voters Guide:

https://www.nuvo.net/news/what-do-you-want-to-know-from-the-municipal-primary/article_0d3eee32-5ba7-11e9-bcc1-1f9e79f1873f.html

https://www.nuvo.net/news/here-are-the-questions-we-re-sending-candidates/article_af42df8a-5d3d-11e9-a8e8-5f17998e208d.html

However, if any of the missing candidates returns their answers to rburgess@nuvo.net before the end of the day today, Monday, May, 6, I will gladly include them, as well.

Best,
Rob