By Mary Milz, WTHR Citybeat reporter - bio | email
FISHERS, Ind. -
The Town of Fishers is on the road becoming a city with its first mayoral race. Scott Fadness, who's been town manager for three years, won the Republican primary on Tuesday with 47 percent of the vote and will likely become the city's first mayor.
He arrived to his campaign headquarters to a cheering crowd to declare victory and yet another first.
"It's a night of firsts I want to share tonight. In November, we will probably need an extra hand from the campaign perspective," Fadness said before announcing he and his wife are expecting their first child in November.
Fadness said he has raised more than a $140,000 in his quest to become mayor, far more than anyone else, and for him, the election is about the future of downtown.
"I appreciate those who want Fishers to stay the same," Fadness said in a Monday interview. "There are great things about this community but the world around us is changing and we have to adapt with the time and become a dynamic and diverse community with lots of things going on and I think this downtown is one element of that."
Walt Kelly was Fadness' closest challenger, with about 42 percent of the vote. The other candidates had much smaller numbers.
"It was harder than I thought going through this. Everyone is entitled to their views and we had a close election," Kelly said Tuesday night.
Councilwoman Renee Cox said she raised about $5,000, noting her vision for Fishers involves job creation and a more diverse community.
"We have 42 different countries represented in Fishers and I'd like to see that come to fruition whether it be events, or on the council level, just to have a voice and certainty to being about bringing economic development that will keep our community sustained," said Cox, who garnered about six percent of the vote.
Butler professor Marvin Scott, who's run for several other offices before, had two percent of the vote. In an interview Monday, Scott noted he "raised zero money" so he's beholden to no one, even printing off his own campaign brochures.
Political newcomer Maurice Heitzman, a transportation consultant, said he raised $700, which he spent mostly on signs. He had three percent of the vote.
"I'm running for mayor because people aren't happy with how the town council is performing," he said. "They're putting up projects people don't like such as taking out the train station and I agree with them on that."
Elaine Viskant, a Fishers resident for 18 years, was also running for mayor. Her two big issues have been opposition to mass transit and Common Core. She received one percent of the vote.