Mayor Joe Hogsett on Wednesday erased lingering doubts about his plans, launching his re-election campaign and setting the stage for Indianapolis’ 2019 elections. Hogsett delivered a kick-off speech to Democratic supporters at the new Phoenix Theatre, pledging to stick to fiscal discipline and bipartisan governance during a second term. Hogsett rattled off a list of first-term achievements, including passing a balanced budget, hiring more police officers, raising spending on infrastructure by hundreds of millions of dollars and ending a 35-year moratorium on new street lights. “We’ve made great progress by passing the first balanced budget in a decade while still making necessary investments in public safety and in infrastructure,” Hogsett said. “But we can’t and we won’t rest on our laurels.” Hogsett’s announcement settles the top of the Democratic ticket next year, barring an unexpected primary challenge. Yet, his candidacy also introduces some new questions: Can any Republican stop Hogsett? Who will try? Hogsett followed recent Indianapolis mayoral precedent by disclosing his re-election plan during the first week of December before an election year. But when former Mayor Greg Ballard revealed he would seek a second term eight years ago, there were three Democratic challengers, with city government experience, waiting for him. More: Indianapolis council approves… Read full this story
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