INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Mears has been elected as the new Marion County prosecutor by the Marion County Democratic Caucus.
The Democratic caucus held a meeting Saturday to allow for committee members to case their vote after former Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry resigned in September for health reasons.
Mears said it is time for Democrats to come together now that the voting is complete.
"I think there were a lot of people invested in this process," he said. "I think it underscores the importance of this job and the ability this job can have on this community, in terms of hopefully having a positive impact on people’s lives."
Mears will complete the term until Dec. 31, 2020.
"I couldn’t be more excited," Mears said. "This goes to show everything Prosecutor Curry has been doing over the last eight years. I can’t tell you how many precinct committee people said if Terry Curry says you are good enough for the job it’s good enough for us."
Tim Moriarty was also a candidate for the position.
Chief Trial Deputy Ryan Mears assumed the role of acting prosecutor after Curry's resignation.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett congratulated Mears in a statement.
"Indianapolis works best when it works together, and that's no where more true than with our law enforcement community," Hogsett said. "The Marion County Prosecutor's Office is a critical partner, and we will move forward in pursuit of a safer, more just city."