Democrat Joe Hogsett next mayor of Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Joe Hogsett was elected as the next mayor of Indianapolis on Tuesday night.

Hogsett beat Chuck Brewer with 62 percent of the vote, with 97 percent of precincts reporting.

  • WATCH: Click play in the video player to see Hogsett’s victory speech

Hogsett took to the podium to give his victory speech on Tuesday night and said he was ready to get to work as the 49th mayor of Indianapolis.

He then thanked his family, and more specifically his wife. He also thanked voters.

“To the residents of the city of Indianapolis: regardless of who you voted for, what part of the city you live in or what party you belong to, from the bottom of my heart, thank you,” Hogsett said.

His speech continually used the phrase, “we are one city,” prompting cheers from the crowd.

“Now is the time for us to come together again, as we were intended to do, regardless of party or race or faith or station in life, for we are, in Indianapolis, one city,” he exclaimed.

Hogsett has previously run for U.S. Senate, Congress, and Indiana Attorney General and lost all three times.

The story of Hogsett’s win started in November 2014, when current the current mayor, Greg Ballard, announced that he would not be seeking reelection.

Ballard said it was a gut feeling that led him to pass up the opportunity for a third term as mayor of Indianapolis, and that he wanted to move out of the limelight.

Six days later, the former federal prosecutor Hogsett announced his candidacy for mayor of Indianapolis and eight months later, and the Marion County GOP revealed their mystery candidate, Chuck Brewer.

Brewer was touted as a suave, small business owner and the campaign cited his work in a Fortune 500 corporation. The campaign heavily highlighted his career as a Lt. Colonel in the Marine Reserves, and as an Iraq war veteran. 

As the candidates faced off, they dealt with a myriad of issues with public safety and crime being at the top of the list as the city dealt with a rising crime rate.

Brewer gave his concession speech much earlier than Hogsett’s victory speech. He said he called Hogsett to congratulate him and also offered his support.

Brewer then thanked his supporters and also acknowledged the unfortunate death of poll volunteer Victor Risch, who was hit and killed by a driver while walking to his polling place Tuesday morning.

Lastly, Brewer spoke about his loved ones who sacrificed so much during the election season.

“I want to thank my family for their support, and to my 9-year-old son, Charlie, for being so patient with his daddy, missing many a time throwing the football as I dragged him around to go knock on doors. And for listening to me give long, boring speeches,” Brewer said. “The lesson here, Charlie, is that it’s o.k. to dare greatly, and to step in the arena, because it will always make you stronger.”

Brewer added some humor to his speech. He joked that if Hogsett needed to order food for some of his transitional meetings that he could suggest a few restaurants. Brewer owns two restaurants downtown.


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