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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, November 06, 2019 1:00 am

Indiana

Democrat keeps mayor's seat in Indianapolis

Associated Press

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett declared victory over Republican state Sen. Jim Merritt in Tuesday's local elections. Unofficial Marion County results showed Hogsett with 70% of the vote.

Hogsett touted his work with Republicans on the City-County Council on efforts such as hiring more police officers and adding streetlights, despite criticism from Merritt over continued troubles with violent crime in the city and the condition of roads.

“If you are willing to do the work that makes bipartisanship real, if you are willing to seek out what unites us rather than exploits what divides us, you can make true and lasting our collective progress together,” Hogsett said.

Republicans picked up mayoral offices in Muncie and Kokomo where Democratic mayors didn't seek new terms, while the Democratic candidate won the Elkhart mayor's office given up by a GOP incumbent.

The Vigo County referendum Tuesday's ballot was included in a gambling bill approved by state lawmakers this year that would make Terre Haute the 14th city in Indiana with a state-licensed or tribal casino.

Vigo County clerk's office vote tallies show more than 60% of voters favored allowing the casino.

Two casino companies have expressed interest in Terre Haute, with one touting a project of at least $100 million that would have 300 to 400 workers. They have until Dec. 1 to submit proposals to the Indiana Gaming Commission, which would select an operator for the license.