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Hogsett Says Term Limits For Indianapolis Mayor Should Be Restored

Hogsett Says Term Limits For Indianapolis Mayor Should Be Restored

Democratic mayoral candidate Joe Hogsett discusses his ethics platform Wednesday.

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Democratic Indianapolis mayoral candidate Joe Hogsett says he favors term limits for the office. 

During a drizzle outside the city-county building, Hogsett laid out how he says he would make city government more open and transparent.

He says he would turn down the perks and gifts of being mayor and not accept travel paid for by outside groups. Hogsett says he would push the city-county council to restore term limits for mayor, two four year terms.

"Eight years is long enought to accomplish what you want to accomplish," he said.

Even if the council doesn’t go along, he says, he would still step down after eight years.

"Term limits keep the foot on the accelerator to try to get the business of the city done in a timely and efficient way," he told reporters.

Hogsett also wants to tighten ethics and lobbying rules and increase competition in city contracting.

Hogsett, a former U.S. attorney and Indiana secretary of state is running against Republican businessman Chuck Brewer.

His eight-point ethics platform:

  • Renounce all perks of the office
  • Complete transparency in out-of-state and overseas travel
  • Restore two-term limit for mayor
  • Refuse speaker fees
  • Audit city spending and operations
  • tighten ethics code loopholes
  • Regulate lobbying
  • Increase competiton in city contracting
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