Mayor Brainard files for office

Mayor Brainard

Mayor Jim Brainard today filed his official declaration of candidacy for re-election as mayor of Carmel, Indiana in the upcoming Republican Primary.    Brainard, who was first elected mayor in 1995, filed this afternoon at the Hamilton County Clerk’s office.
“I am looking forward to the campaign ahead.  As a result of our focus on strong fiscal management, most of our homeowners are paying less in residential property taxes today than they paid in 1995.  We are meeting our promises to the new areas of our city, and many of the city’s major projects such as the Keystone Parkway and the Center for the Performing Arts are nearly complete,” said the mayor. 
Standard and Poor’s, a global leader in providing investment research and credit ratings throughout the world, raised the rating of Carmel’s general obligation bonds from AA to
AA+ in the midst of the recession.
“Our exceptional increase in population is a testament to Carmel’s high quality of life. Carmel’s excellent school system, careful city planning and outstanding amenities differentiate Carmel and make it an attractive place for both residents and businesses to locate. While we are happy that there has been growth in general, we are especially proud of the type of managed growth we have achieved, which has led to our large cash reserves, reasonable debt levels and low taxes,” said Mayor Jim Brainard.
Carmel has over the past fifteen years been a leader in developing public private partnerships that have attracted over $300 million of private investment in the city’s older core. 
“I will conduct a positive campaign based on our record and look forward to an active discussion with the voters,” said Brainard. 
Brainard is a graduate of Butler University with a BA and holds a doctorate from Ohio Northern University.  Mayor Jim Brainard was elected to become one of 13 Trustees of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) by his peers across the United States.


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