Democratic challenger concedes Indy mayor's race

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Republican Mayor Greg Ballard appears poised to win his second term as Indianapolis mayor.

The Indianapolis Star reports Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy called Ballard just before 9 p.m. Tuesday to concede the hotly contested race.

Ballard led Kennedy with 91 percent of precincts reporting.

Libertarian Chris Bowen was a distant third.

Ballard first won election in 2007 with a surprise victory over Kennedy's boss, Democratic incumbent Bart Peterson. Peterson was
the only Indianapolis mayor to lose a re-election bid since many city and government services merged under Uni-Gov in 1970.

Ballard's tenure has been highlighted by sales of the city's water and parking systems to make them more efficient, but it has been rocked by controversies in the police department.

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