Fishers prepares to elect first-ever mayor

Fishers switches from town to city in 2015

FISHERS, Ind. - In next Tuesday’s primary election, Fishers voters will decide who will become their first mayor.

Fishers has boomed over the past few decades. In the last 10 years alone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population has doubled -- from right around 38,000 residents in 2000 to close to 77,000 residents by 2010.

In the 2012 general election, residents voted to make Fishers a city. It is now up to them to choose their first-ever mayor, city clerk and city council.

"It's a very big deal because you want someone that's actually going to do what they say they're going to do and to work for the people of Fishers," voter Brigette Howerton said.

Voters echoed concerns about bigger government, possibly higher taxes and the unknown.

"Well, I mean, it could bring some exciting changes. I think people around here especially are hesitant to switch to bigger government, myself included," voter Jen Osborn said.

Voters said they want to see more growth, but the right kind of growth.

Some voters said getting their new city off to a strong start by electing the right inaugural leaders this election is critical to Fishers' future -- especially choosing their first mayor from the four men and two women running for the job.

"Oh, I think that's very critical. I mean, we can have somebody in there who's not for sure what they're doing and then basically set the whole entire city on the wrong path. But if there's somebody there who has some experience and knows what should be happening, they can give us a great footing and get us kicked off in the right way," voter Leslie Harris said.

Others believe there will be some bumps to work out -- no matter who's at the helm.

"It's like the first car that comes out. There's going to be bugs in it. Whoever's there, they'll figure that out and then there will be... I really think the second and third is more important. The first one is going to make some good decisions and some bad decisions, but it's relatively important. You always want to get somebody in there who has good leadership skills and won't mess it up from the very beginning," voter Rex Atkinson said.

Fishers will officially make the switch from a town to a city on January 1, 2015.

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