The Indiana Republican Party achieved a new record in this year’s municipal elections, ending the 2019 cycle with 70 Republican mayors throughout Indiana – including Salem’s Justin Green capturing the first Republican Mayor position in 34 years.
This involved flipping 19 mayoral offices, including those in traditional Democrat strongholds Kokomo, Muncie, Logansport, and Michigan City.
Republicans now hold 23 more mayoral offices than Democrats, another record.
“It was a historic night for Republicans throughout Indiana as voters in the city after city elected Republicans mayors,” said Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer. “Never in the history of Indiana have Republicans held this many mayoral offices or had this wide a margin over Democrats.”
Not content to compete in just one region, the Indiana Republican Party invested time, talent and significant resources in races throughout the state. This coordination and teamwork led to an unprecedented flip of 19 mayoral offices in cities across the state.
In Kokomo, where Republicans had not won the mayor’s race in over a decade, Republican Tyler Moore cruised to victory.
In Muncie, Republican Dan Ridenour brought the mayor’s office back in the Republican column, riding a wave of enthusiasm for his campaign of an open, inclusive and transparent administration in this former Democrat stronghold.
Voters rejected the embattled Democrat mayor of Michigan City and elected Republican Duane Parry to clean up city hall and restore confidence to the office.
In Evansville, Democrats were unable to even field a candidate, and popular mayor Lloyd Winnecke easily secured a third term.
The trend carried throughout the state. Terre Haute, Lawrence, Jeffersonville, Logansport, Winchester, Bluffton, Hartford City and Greensburg all elected Republican mayors, just to name a few.
This bodes well as Governor Holcomb will lead a motivated, organized and energized team of Republicans into the 2020 elections. Governor Holcomb has already secured the needed signatures to achieve ballot access in his reelection.
“By any measure, Tuesday night was an overwhelming success for Indiana Republicans,” added Hupfer.