January 6, 2020

City-County Council Kicks Off New Year With New Members

Members of the Indianapolis City-County Council stand to be sworn in during the first meeting of 2020. - Jill Sheridan/WFYI

Members of the Indianapolis City-County Council stand to be sworn in during the first meeting of 2020.

Jill Sheridan/WFYI

A new crop of councilors joined the full Indianapolis City-County Council for the year’s first meeting Monday night. Democrats now enjoy a democratic super majority for the first time in decades.

The new council members joined incumbents to unanimously re-elect Democrats Vop Osili and Zach Adamson as president and vice president, respectively.

Osili says he looks forward to working with the council.

"Addressing these issues in our communities, that impact quality of life, happiness, prosperity, the things that we believe we stand for here," says Osili. 

The council is now made up of twenty Democrats and five Republicans.

The first proposal of the year is filed by Democrat John Barth.  He made a campaign pledge to address climate change.

"It’s an issue that came up consistently at the doors when I was going door to door," says Barth. 

The proposal would create a year-long commission that would examine the impact of climate change on the community.

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