INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis City-County Council has a new president.
The council voted 14-11 Monday night to elect Stephen Clay to lead the legislative body, ousting fellow Democrat Maggie Lewis from the position. Democrats hold a 14-11 majority on the council, but were split on the decision on who to elect.
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Going into the night, many Democrats were unsure if enough in their ranks would break for Clay to give him the post.
Clay’s win comes after an unsuccessful bid last year.
The appointment of a new president comes as the council deals with child molestation allegations made against Councilman Jeff Miller, who was one of two Republican councilors who voted for Lewis.
Minority Leader Michael McQuillen cheered the news after the meeting, stating he looks forward to more bi-partisanship on committees, which are currently slanted towards Democrats.
Tonight the @IndyCouncil cast a Bi-Partisan vote to move Indy to the next level. For the first time, Council committees will be chaired by both Republicans & Democrats to address Crime, Infrastucture, Education & more. I look forward to continuing to make Indy the greatest City! pic.twitter.com/5KJZv8GCIg
— Michael McQuillen (@mike_mcquillen) January 9, 2018
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.