Ryan Mears elected as new Marion County prosecutor
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Ryan Mears has been elected to become the next Marion County prosecutor.
“Marion County is going to continue to be a compassionate place where we are going to give everybody the opportunity to succeed and we are going to draw a hard line in the sand when it comes to violent crime,” Mears said.
The Marion County Democratic Party held a caucus meeting Saturday morning to allow precinct committee people to cast their vote between Mears and Special Counsel to Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett Tim Moriarty.
“Now we all just need to work together, now it’s time for all of us to come together. We are all Democrats at the end of the day. They took one position and the precinct voters didn’t necessarily agree on where they were coming out on this issue,” Mears said.
This comes after former Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced in September that he was stepping down for health reasons.
Mears has acted as the interim prosecutor and was a longtime chief trial deputy. Mears has been Curry’s right-hand man supervising criminal prosecutions for the past three-and-a-half years.
“I see this as a kind of opportunity to carry on with Terry’s legacy,” said Mears after he announced he will seek to fill the remaining three-year term of his mentor Curry, “which I believe is, number one, acting with integrity, but also taking a hard line on violent crime and holding people who commit violent acts accountable.”
Last week, Mears and the Marion County Prosecutor’s office announced the county will no longer prosecute simple possession of marijuana cases involving less than an ounce. Mears said his office wants police officers to prioritize violent crime, and prosecuting minor marijuana cases takes away from that mission.
“I think certainly it elevated the discussion in terms of maybe how we’re going to prosecute cases and I hope it sends a clear message I’m going to be somebody who’s independent and do what the right things is to do under the circumstances,” Mears said.
“On behalf of the entire Marion County Democratic Party, we congratulate Ryan on his election as prosecutor,” said Marion County Democratic Party Chair Kate Sweeney Bell. “We were fortunate to have two well-qualified candidates step forward and know that both Ryan and Tim Moriarty will continue to be leaders in our community and party.
“Now, it’s on to November when we will elect Democrats throughout the county to work with Prosecutor Mears to keep Indianapolis moving forward.”
Mayor Hogsett released the following statement on Mears:
I want to congratulate Prosecutor Ryan Mears on his selection by caucus today. Indianapolis works best when it works together, and that’s nowhere more true than with our law enforcement community. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is a critical partner, and we will move forward in pursuit of a safer, more just city.