NewsPublic Affairs / May 7, 2019

Jim Brainard Wins Carmel Republican Primary

City of Carmel

City of Carmel

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard won his city’s Republican primary Tuesday. He will run in the general election for his seventh term as Carmel’s leader.

Jim Brainard got 56% of the vote. His opponent, Hamilton County Councilor Fred Glynn, got 44%. Glynn focused on development during much of his campaign, hammering Brainard’s administration for taking on too many projects and pushing the city into debt.

Multiple allegations against Brainard marred his primary campaign, including a claim that his campaign attempted to bribe Glynn to drop out of the race, and another from the city’s clerk-treasurer alleging harassment. Brainard fought back against both claims.

Other GOP winners in Hamilton County were incumbent Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness, who won with 67% of the vote, and Chris Jensen in Noblesville with 46%.

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