Hogsett: Crime and public safety continue to be number one priority

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced earlier this week he would be running for another 4-year term.

And as mayor, he says crime and public safety will continue to be his number one priority. He acknowledged that crime "remains a challenge" for the Circle City.

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"The increase of gun violence that our city has experienced for ten years now is the result of something that has now become multi-generational, inner-generational challenge that you cannot wave a magic wind as much as we might like," said Hogsett. "It's got to take a sustained commitment over time."

State Senator Jim Merritt has said he's considering a run for mayor, but the only other declared candidate is Republican truck driver, Christopher Moore.