INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 2, 2015) – The candidates for Indianapolis mayor have reached the final leg of the campaign Monday night, hours before polls open Tuesday morning.
“Don’t forget, vote tomorrow,” Republican candidate Chuck Brewer told residents in one Indianapolis neighborhood Monday afternoon.
The last-minute door knocking and hot rhetoric reached its peak Monday, both from supporters and the candidates vying to the new mayor.
And in typical political fashion, new accusations and reassurances were introduced to try and sway votes.
On Saturday, Brewer publicly questioned a $50,000 donation give to Democrat Joe Hogsett’s campaign from a group called Indy Project Venture LLC. The group said in a statement it represents a number of local executives. And Hogsett responded by calling it a push to create a last-minute controversy.
“In the last couple of days, things have seem to slide a little bit away, but we can overlook that,” Hogsett said Sunday.
A flyer from the Indiana Republican Party recently distributed also questions Hogsett’s tough on crime stance and sentences during his time as U.S. Attorney.
“I think it certainly shows under his time as U.S. Attorney, criminals who were convicted of crimes are spending less time in jail,” Kyle Walker said, chair of the Marion County Republican Party.
Monday afternoon Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and Sheriff John Layton held a news conference, strongly discrediting the claims.
“It’s all filthy lies,” Layton said. “It’s untruths. And the people of Marion County need to know that, and who better to bring out the truth than the sheriff, right? And so I’m here today for that reason.”
As the campaigns near dusk Monday evening, months of work, accusations and millions of dollars will now be left in the hands of Indianapolis voters.
“We cannot rely on law enforcement alone,” Hogsett said Sunday. “IMPD is already stretched too thin, and if we’re going to meaningful address this rise in gun violence and homicides, it’s to gake a community effort.”
Both candidates said tackling the city’s crime will be a top priority.
“Sometimes you can hear single parents communicate the fact they’re barely making it,” Brewer said. “And they want, all of us want, is a safe and stable neighborhood.”
Both Brewer and Hogsett plan to vote early Tuesday morning, then spend the evening with supporters watching results come in.