Six mayoral candidates on the ballot in Fishers primary election Tuesday

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – Tuesday, those living in Fishers will be able to vote in the primary election for their first-ever Mayor.

That’s after the town voted to become a city in the 2012 election.

There are six Republican candidates on the ballot right now: Renee Cox, Scott Fadness, Maurice Heitzman, Walt Kelly, Marvin Scott, and Elaine Viskant.

Hamilton County officials say four years ago, they saw a 25% voter turnout. They’re hoping for that amount or more, this year.

“The turnout has been a little bit lower than it was four years ago, and we were a little surprised about that, so we’re hoping we’re even more surprised tomorrow, when voters go to the polls, especially in Fishers,” said Kathy Richardson, Hamilton County Election Administrator.

“I’ve often said,” she added. “It’s the local races that affect you on a daily basis.”

24-Hour News 8 spoke with people in Fishers about what they’re looking for in a candidate and what direction they hope the city will take.

“I wanted to keep it a town,” said one neighbor. “I’ve enjoyed a lot of the restaurants and the businesses that have come in, but I’m not sure how I feel about, how much more… and how much more Fishers can take, and who is going to be able to keep up with a conservative type of development. I think we say yes too much.”

“We’ve seen a lot of change, but I’ve happened to enjoy the change,” said another neighbor.

And at soccer practice at a nearby park, there were all kinds of opinions.

“I’m personally not voting because I’m a democrat, there are a few of us in Hamilton County,” said Sarah Snider. “I definitely want to see the candidate for change win.”

“I like the direction it’s going in, there seems to be a lot of growth,” said John Irmen. “I think we’re going in the right direction.”

Whoever is eventually elected as mayor in the general election in November, will take office on January 1 of 2015. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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