Candidates advance from primaries in Indianapolis, Indiana

The primary election for Indianapolis, Indiana, was on May 2, 2023. Candidates competed to advance to the general election scheduled for Nov. 7, 2023. The filing deadline to run was on Feb. 3.

Candidates ran for city council and mayor. Incumbent Joe Hogsett, Bob Kern, Clif Marsiglio, Robin Shackleford, and Larry Vaughn ran in the Democratic primary for mayor. Hogsett advanced to the general with 58.4% of the vote. John L. Couch, James W. Jackson, Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, and Jefferson Shreve ran in the Republican primary for mayor. Shreve advanced to the general with 65.9% of the vote.

Eighteen of 21 city council incumbents advanced to the general election.

While most mayoral elections in the 100 largest cities are nonpartisan, most officeholders are affiliated with a political party. As of May 2023, 62 mayors in the largest 100 cities by population are affiliated with the Democratic Party, 26 are affiliated with the Republican Party, three are independents, seven identify as nonpartisan or unaffiliated, and two mayors’ affiliations are unknown.

Indianapolis is the largest city in Indiana and the 15th-largest city in the U.S. by population.

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