FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – Tuesday would be a historic day for the Hamilton County community of Fishers as its voters were selecting its first candidate for mayor.
The town voted to become a city in 2012 and two years later, six Republican candidates were vying for the leadership role.
Leading the charge to make the city switch was Greg Purvis, a current city council candidate who has been concerned about a disconnect between people who call Fishers home and the local government.
Purvis said throughout the 2012 referendum, citizens often did not realize the community was not already a city. Ahead of Primary Election Day, he was not positive the majority of the population recognized the significance of the change.
“You’re going to have a person who you can go to with a problem and nobody else can solve that problem. You’re going to have a person who is the chief negotiator and cheerleader for the community; a person who can attract new businesses to help support the tax base,” Purvis said.
In a community with historically low voter turnout, Purvis hoped a greater number of people would become interested and involved in local government.
“None of effort that so many of us went through [for] the change to a city is worth a hill of beans unless the people actually participate and vote,” Purvis said.
Polls opened from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday.