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Jefferson Shreve concedes the Indianapolis mayoral contest and offers to work as a private citizen for the town



Indianapolis, Indiana – Around nine o’clock on Tuesday night, Jefferson Shreve surrendered the Indianapolis mayoral race to incumbent Democrat Mayor Joe Hogsett following several sizable ballot dumps that solidified his lead.

In his concession address, Shreve discussed his choice to enter the contest given that Hogsett easily defeated his previous opponent in 2019 by receiving more than 70% of the vote. He claimed that his heart was in this race.

Shortly before taking the platform, Republican Shreve had a phone conversation with Mayor Joe Hogsett, who is now in office. He informed that he wished the mayor well and made the offer to assist as a private person in advancing the city. He claimed that the offer was well received.

“I suspect you may see me serve on a board or a commission in this town. I served on the Metropolitan Development Commission, for example, and I want to be involved,” Shreve said. “This is my community, not perhaps in an elected position, but I want to be involved and I will be. So that’s not a full-on obligation and I can’t move the needle for Indianapolis as I would as mayor.”

Switched to Shreve. He worked very hard on his campaign to promote public safety, bringing attention to problems and areas he felt needed improvement.

“I have grown tremendously and grown to appreciate my hometown in ways that I couldn’t have imagined as I set down this course,” Shreve said.

Shreve said, “I’ll be around,” but he did not directly respond when asked what comes next for him.

Shreve brought up the fact that Hogsett had claimed he was challenged in this race during his surrender address.

According to the data, Hogsett’s victory over Shreve was closer than it was in 2019. With all polling places reporting, Hogsett received 60% of the vote; in the general election of 2019, he received more than 70% of the vote.


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