Scott Fadness wins GOP bid for Fishers mayor

Fadness does not yet face opponent in November

FISHERS, Ind. - Voters in Fishers made history Tuesday by electing Scott Fadness as the winner of their first mayoral primary.

Barring a challenge from an independent candidate in November, Fadness will become Fishers' first-ever mayor.

Fadness, Renee Cox, Maurice Heitzman, Walt Kelly, Marvin Scott, and Elaine Viskant -- all Republicans -- had all hoped to win enough support from Fishers voters.

Fadness won the primary with 46.5 percent of the vote. Kelly came in second with 42 percent of the vote.

Fadness has served as Fishers' town manager since 2011. He does not currently face an opponent for the November election.

He said working together with residents to create a clear sense of identity for Fishers is one of his top priorities.

"I'm so excited for Fishers, I'm so excited to work with all of you to make this community better. Aunna and I are thrilled tonight, we are humbled by all of the support we've gotten, and we're so excited. So it's a night of firsts here in Fishers," Fadness said.

Traditionally, voter turnout for primaries is dismal, but not this year in Fishers.

Many voters admit that the city's first-ever mayoral race motivated them to go to the polls.

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

"It's really important. I don't want to lose sight of why I moved to Fishers. Hopefully we don't do too much expanding and we kind of stay the close-knit community that we are. I don't want to lose our vision," voter Tyrone Daniels said. "With us turning into a city now, I felt like I wanted to have a voice."

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.

"(This election) is huge because we're going away from the Fishers that we were before and reinventing ourselves," voter Heather Gobel-Sorrells said. "I'll be really excited to hear who (the winner) is."

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

For Indiana primary election results, click here.

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