The candidates have faced off in one forum and one debate, with two more debates planned for Oct. 23 and Oct. 26. Black voters, particularly, the African American Coalition of Indianapolis, have pressured both candidates to deliver an agenda that addresses problems that acutely impact Black residents.
No Republican has won countywide since 2011, when Republican Mayor Greg Ballard won his bid for a second term. Indianapolis voters lean about 60-40 Democratic, according to 2022 election results, giving Hogsett a clear advantage.
The most expensive mayoral race in Indianapolis history
Shreve, with a $14.5 million campaign, has been his own biggest donor in the most expensive mayoral race in Indianapolis history. Meanwhile, Hogsett reported raising record-breaking funds this year for his $6.1 million reelection campaign.