The most important race in Indianapolis is not at the Brickyard. It's run every four years for the people of Indianapolis to take an active role in their city's political direction.
We've seen the commercials, we've heard the talking points, now we must decide whom to seat as the chief executive charged with oversight of the combined operations of the City of Indianapolis and Marion County.
Not to worry, dear NUVO readers. Perhaps, like us, you find attractive attributes in all the candidates and you believe they all are good people who love Indiana and are committed to working as hard as they possibly can to serve its capital city as head cheerleader and manager. Too bad we can't ask some of the out-of-work scientists here in the Bio-Crossroads to clone some kind of three-way love child. No possibility for Mayor Melbalbo? No worries. We can guide you toward an open-minded and intelligent choice.
Read our primer and answer a few simple questions. At the end, most likely, you'll have identified your finalist.
You also have to make a choice about City-County Council leadership. We'll prime the political pump for you and let you settle where you feel most comfortable.
It's an honor to watchdog the city on your behalf. Thank you for reading.
— Rebecca Townsend, NUVO News Editor
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Those of you with a great enough sense of civic duty to actually face your ballot will be asked to select four at-large City-Council candidates who are charged with representing the entire city's interests and one to represent the interests of your district.
We know that our questions won't offer a comprehensive treatment of each candidate's strengths and weaknesses, but we hope this offering provides enough to give you a flavor of their personalities and philosophy.
All but one of the at-large candidates took the time to respond to the following nine questions:
* What do you offer as a candidate?
* What does your district most need from the City-Council?
* What's your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by the mayor?
* What is your position on a comprehensive smoking ban?
* Do you think the city needs more police officers?
* Do you support increased funding for public transit?
* Do you think the streets and sidewalks in your district are in good shape?
* Name one project that would most benefit your district.
* What question do you wish we'd asked?
At-Large Candidates for City-County Council
Check out the candidates' profiles:
- Asha Patel
- Map of city council districts. The Marion County Election Board’s voter information portal allows you to look up your district by street address.
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Please note: Any candidates not listed above chose not to participate in NUVO Election Guide.