Independent filing deadline passes in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne

The deadline for independent candidates to run for office in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne passed on June 1.
 
In Indianapolis, the elections for mayor and all 25 city council seats are on November 5. The filing deadline for major-party candidates was February 8, and partisan primaries were held on May 7. Mayor Joseph Hogsett (D) was first elected in 2015 and is seeking a second term. Two independents, Javontae Bibbs and John Schmitz, filed to run in the mayoral election. Entering the 2019 election, the Indianapolis City Council has 14 Democrats and 11 Republicans.
 
In Fort Wayne, the elections for mayor, city clerk, and all nine seats on the city council are also on November 5. Mayor Tom Henry (D) first took office in 2008 and is seeking a fourth term. City Clerk Lana Keesling (R) was first elected in 2015 and is seeking a second term. No independents filed to run for either position. Entering the 2019 election, the Fort Wayne City Council has two Democrats and seven Republicans.
 
Indianapolis is the largest city in Indiana and the 12th-largest city in the U.S. by population. Fort Wayne is the second-largest city in Indiana and the 75th-largest city in the U.S. by population.
 



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