Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has won a second term as the head of city county government in Marion County after the most expensive mayoral race in the city’s history. But that win comes with the new challenge of working with a city county council that is now in the hands of Democrats.
Ballard led the race throughout the evening, though the margin was not very wide between him and Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy, who conceded the race shortly after 9 p.m.
“This campaign has been tough,” she said. “The mayor and I have often differed, but I’ve always respected his dedication to this city.”
Moments later, Ballard appeared before a crowd at the Murat Theatre Old National Centre in downtownIndianapolis, celebrating his victory.
“We’ve made a lot of progress in this city and that’s what people heard,” he said. “We have provided that fiscal responsibility, the safer streets, the good jobs, the stronger neighborhoods all throughout Indianapolis.”
Ballard’s speech made no mention of the biggest hurdle he will face in his next term, having to work with a city county council that now controlled by Democrats. After his speech, Ballard commented on the issue.
“We’ll figure it out. As long as they want to move the city forward, we’ll be fine,” he said.
The first challenge for Ballard and the new council will be passing anew city budget. The Democratic win for the council also means that party will control the redrawing of city council district maps in the coming months.