Indianapolis mayoral candidates discuss key issues with African American leaders

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 10, 2015) -- Hundreds of people gathered Saturday for breakfast to hear how the two Indianapolis mayoral candidates will address specific needs for the city's African American community. 

Democratic candidate Joe Hogsett and Republican Chuck Brewer each spoke about their plans for the city and then answered questions from the audience at the Indianapolis Urban League. 

"On the surface, given the time they had, they touched on some of (the important) topics, but there are other issues facing our community that we would really like to see results for," 100 Black Men of Indianapolis member Audre Hogue said. "Everyone has topics to talk about, but we are more concerned how they are going to do it and not what they are going to do.”

The two candidates spent the majority of the time talking about public safety, jobs and education. During discussions about economic development, Hogue felt the candidates left out a key piece of the puzzle.

"I’d be very interested d in how we are going to get the underemployment addressed," Hogue said. "Not so much just the unemployment, but there are issues with those who are working, but not able to achieve their financial goals." 

Kim Boyd, of Indianapolis, came to the event as a concerned citizen. She said she was hoping to hear more details from the candidates about their specific plans for the city. 

“Just wanting to see more details," Boyd said about Saturday's forum. "As they say the devil is in the details.”

However, Boyd said she'll be choosing who gets her vote based on the candidate’s ability to bring people together. 

“The true tell is going to be who can bring that unity to our community, regardless of what side of the aisle that they rest on," Boyd said. "Indianapolis is in need of help from all different aspects."

 

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