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Hogsett, Merritt win Indianapolis mayoral primaries

Posted at 10:43 PM, May 07, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS – It wasn’t a surprise, but Mayor Joe Hogsett and Sen. Jim Merritt beat their Democratic and Republican opponents, respectively, in the 2019 primary election for Indianapolis mayor.

After winning their primaries by thousands of votes, the two will face off against each other in the general election in November.

Hogsett defeated Denise Paul Hatch, a retired Center Township woman. Hatch raised $2,200 in her bid for the Democratic nomination for mayor, money she donated to her own campaign.

“Together, we have accomplished so much in just a few short years,” Hogsett said in a statement. “Tonight, we take another step toward four more.”

On the Republican side, Merritt defeated Felipe Rios and Christopher Moore. Neither Rios nor Moore raised any money in their campaigns.

“The people of Indianapolis have been neglected for four years,” Merritt said in a statement. “The current mayor’s legacy will be a failure of leadership, failure of vision and failure to add the latest and greatest to the Indianapolis story. Public safety will be the number one issue of the Merritt administration. It’s time once again to walk down the streets and feel safe. And friends, it’s time to fix our infrastructure.”