Hughes wins Fort Wayne primary
A former Allen County councilwoman —and former head of the Chamber of Commerce in Decatur — won the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry in the November election.
Paula Hughes got 56 percent of the vote to easily win a five-candidate field in Tuesday’s GOP primary.
The Journal Gazette reports Hughes says she’ll challenge city spending under Henry and plans to cut the mayor’s salary and take-home vehicle.
Henry easily won the Democratic primary in his bid for a second term heading up Indiana’s second-largest city.
Henry says his fall campaign will focus on economic development ideas and his record of maintaining a flat budget without slashing city staff or services.
Rhodes Scholar wins
South Bend primary
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A 29-year-old former Rhodes Scholar has won the Democratic nomination to become South Bend’s next mayor.
Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-ta-judge) was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for state treasurer last year. He decisively won his party’s nomination with 54 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary.
Trailing Buttigieg were City Councilman Mike Hamann with 20 percent and state Rep. Ryan Dvorak (duh-VOHR’-ak) with 15 percent.
Buttigieg will face Republican Wayne Curry in the November election in the Democratic-leaning city.
Democratic Mayor Stephen Luecke (LIT’-key) is stepping down after 14 years leading Indiana’s fourth-largest city.
Luecke didn’t endorse anyone in the primary. He tells the South Bend Tribune he feels great about Buttigieg’s ability and is excited for a new generation of city leadership.
Former -attorney general
wins Gary mayor primary
GARY, Ind. (AP) — Voters in Gary’s Democratic primary selected former Indiana Attorney General Karen Freeman-Wilson as their party’s candidate for mayor.
Freeman-Wilson received 58 percent of the vote to easily lead the 10-candidate field in Tuesday’s voting in the heavily Democratic city. She got a boost last month when current Mayor Rudy Clay quit the race to battle prostate cancer and endorsed her.
Finishing second was City Councilwoman Ragen Hatcher, whose father, Richard, made history in 1967 when he became one of the first black mayors of a large U.S. city.
The Post-Tribune reports Freeman-Wilson says she wants to change the world’s perception of Gary.
Freeman-Wilson was a Gary city judge when then-Gov. Frank O’Bannon appointed her attorney general in early 2000. She lost her bid for a full term later that year.
mayors defeat challengers
The incumbent mayors of Bloomington and Carmel handily defeated aggressive challengers to win primary nominations for likely new terms in office.
About 60 percent of voters backed Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan (kroo-ZAN’) in Tuesday’s Democratic primary as he held off John Hamilton, who is the nephew of former Congressman Lee Hamilton.
The Herald-Times reports Republicans don’t yet have a candidate to challenge Kruzan in his bid for a third term.
Meanwhile, Republican Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard won with 63 percent of the primary vote as he seeks a fifth term.
City Councilman John Accetturo criticized cost escalations on a $108 million road project and the $175 million Center for the Performing Arts.
Brainard tells The Indianapolis Star that Carmel is the envy of other cities for its strong fiscal condition.
mayor wins primary
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ex-Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Melina Kennedy has easily won the city’s Democratic mayoral primary and faces first-term Republican incumbent Greg Ballard in November.
With 98 percent of precincts counted Tuesday night, Kennedy had 28,530 votes, or 77 percent. Sam Carson Sr. had 4,563 votes, or 12 percent. He’s the son of late U.S. Rep. Julia Carson. Former City-County Councilman Ron Gibson had 4,185 votes, or 11 percent.
Kennedy far outpaced her rivals in fundraising and party support, winning the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, Sam Carson’s nephew.
If elected, Kennedy would be the first woman mayor of Indianapolis. She lost a close race for Marion County prosecutor in 2006.
In 2007, Ballard defeated Kennedy’s former boss, then-Mayor Bart Peterson. He ran unopposed for the Republican nomination.