Business group emphasizes inclusive economic growth, infrastructure and public safety plans, recognizes Jim Merritt as valued partner at the Statehouse
(INDIANAPOLIS – September 27, 2019) The Indy Chamber’s Business Advocacy Committee (BAC) – the political arm of the region’s largest business organization – today announced its endorsements for the November 5th municipal elections in Marion County.
The BAC supports incumbent Joe Hogsett for re-election as Mayor of Indianapolis, along with a bipartisan group of City-County Council candidates who share a common-sense commitment to issues like economic and workforce development, investing in infrastructure (including mass transit), neighborhood redevelopment and public safety.
“Our city’s economy is stronger when more of our citizens are able to contribute to it,” said Indy Chamber President and CEO Michael Huber. “Mayor Hogsett is committed to this ideal of inclusive growth, restructuring local economic incentives to upgrade our job market and launching initiatives like ‘Indy Achieves’ to upskill our workforce, while supporting improved transit to connect people and employers.
“The Mayor earned our committee’s endorsement along with a group of City-County Councillors working in a bipartisan way to balance city budgets and maximize investments in public safety and infrastructure. These candidates have committed to address priorities like inclusive growth, poverty and crime and finding comprehensive, enforceable solutions to issues like panhandling where more progress is needed,” Huber added.
While endorsing Hogsett, BAC members noted the constructive, spirited campaign of Jim Merritt, lauding the Republican challenger for an issues-focused effort informed by an impressive career of public service.
“Elections are competitions of ideas, and our BAC faced a difficult decision – Jim Merritt has offered thoughtful plans on a range of important issues, like focusing on substance abuse treatment as a preemptive strategy to address crime and poverty,” noted Indy Chamber Chief Policy Officer Mark Fisher.
“Senator Merritt has been a leader on government reform and a champion of pro-business priorities who clearly loves Indianapolis and has always earned our support for his legislative campaigns,” Fisher continued. “If he is a member of the Indiana Senate in 2020, we’ll eagerly work with him on local and regional concerns, building on the important ideas he’s raised during this mayoral race.”
The Mayor of Indianapolis is the top executive of Indiana’s state capital, largest city and core of its dominant regional economy. The BAC focused on local challenges and regional potential when deliberating on its choice.
“Mayor Hogsett has been an advocate for regionalism, and has presented a strategy for interlocal revenue distribution,” added Huber. “We need an active, ongoing conversation among metro mayors – and state lawmakers – about addressing basic infrastructure needs and transformative projects. A bipartisan commitment to finding solutions is needed, and we look forward to working with Mayor Hogsett and Senator Merritt to this end.”
Along with Joe Hogsett for Mayor, the BAC endorsed the following candidates for Indianapolis City-County Council:
District 2 – Colleen Fanning
District 3 – Dan Boots
District 4 – Michael McQuillen
District 6 – Janice McHenry
District 7 – John Barth
District 9 – William (Duke) Oliver
District 10 – Maggie Lewis
District 11 – Vop Osili
District 12 – Blake Johnson
District 13 – Keith Graves
District 14 – LaKeisha Jackson
District 15 – Jessica McCormick
District 16 – Kristin Jones
District 17 – Zach Adamson
District 18 – Michael Paul Hart
District 19 – David Ray
District 21 – Frank Mascari
District 22 – Jared Evans
“Partnerships among employers, elected officials, civic and philanthropic organizations have always powered progress here in Indianapolis,” finished Fisher. “Our Business Advocacy Committee proudly offers these endorsements, and the Chamber is committed to continued collaboration on tough issues like education, crime, infrastructure and economic mobility after the voters have their say on November 5th.”
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