Mayoral Races Include Upsets

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(Image Courtesy Joe Hogsett For Mayor Campaign) Democrat Joe Hogsett defeated Republican challenger Chuck Brewer in the Indianapolis mayoral election. (Image Courtesy Joe Hogsett For Mayor Campaign) Democrat Joe Hogsett defeated Republican challenger Chuck Brewer in the Indianapolis mayoral election.

More than 120 mayoral races were decided throughout the state Tuesday. Our partners at WIBC/Network Indiana report more than a dozen incumbents lost bids for re-election, including notable defeats in Anderson, Elkhart, Logansport and Lawrence. In Indianapolis, the state's largest city swung from outgoing Republican Mayor Greg Ballard to a Democrat mayor-elect, former U.S. District Attorney Joe Hogsett.

Current Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith, a Republican, lost to Democrat Thomas Broderick. Former six-term Republican member of the Indiana House Tim Neese beat Democrat Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore to upset the 80-year-old's bid for a third term. Republican Steve Collier defeated current Lawrence Mayor Jessup, a Democrat. Democrat, Dave Kitchell, will be Logansport mayor after defeating Republican incumbent Ted Franklin.

Republicans were the narrow winner in the overall in the total count, holding a few more seats than Democrats when the night was over. Statewide, Republicans count 59 mayors-elect, Democrats have 56 and Independents hold five mayor seats.

The Jasper race finished Tuesday night in a tie. Incumbent Democrat Terry Seitz and challenger, Republican Wayne Schuetter, finished the night with a tally of 1,856 votes. The Dubois County Free Press reports the candidates have until November 17 to contest the results. If a tie is finalized, it will move to the Jasper city council for a final vote.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter won a third term in Plymouth. A previous version of the story incorrectly identified Rex Crump as the winner.

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