GREENFIELD — As Tuesday’s election draws near, Republican candidates in the primary election for Greenfield mayor are making final pitches to capture votes.
Incumbent Mayor Chuck Fewell and city councilwoman Judy Swift, an executive at Greenfield Banking Co., plan to spend the weekend and Monday meeting with residents and spreading their messages as they prepare for the primary election.
It’s been a civil campaign season for the candidates who share similar goals and visions for the city. Absent any controversy, both say their campaigns for the Republican nomination have been fair and friendly.
Each touts downtown revitalization as a top priority. And they say they’re ready to help move the city forward by focusing on quality-of-life issues.
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As far as campaign finances go, Fewell raised more than six times as much as Swift and received contributions from Luke Messer for Congress and Committee to Elect Bob Cherry.
Swift, however, said she was focused on running her campaign on less than $10,000.
The two are the only contested candidates on the Greenfield primary ballot.
In Fortville, incumbent clerk-treasurer Marcie Stafford faces Sherry Durbin, and Sean Simmons challenges incumbent Timothy Hexamer for the District 2 town council seat.
In McCordsville, the District 3 town council seat pits incumbent Larry Longman against farmer Dan Vail.
Incumbent Anna Pea faces Don Engerer and Michael Wherry in the race for Cumberland Town Council.
The races between Hancock County candidates outside of Greenfield have been even less eventful than that between Swift and Fewell.
Both Swift and Fewell said they’re looking forward to Tuesday. Campaigning has been exciting but they’re looking forward to seeing the results, they said.
“It’s been a fun time, but I’m excited about it being finished,” he said.
His campaign, Fewell said, has been run with dignity and integrity and he’s feeling confident he’ll be nominated Tuesday to represent Republicans in the General Election.
“We believe we’ll be successful Tuesday,” he said. “We’re on the right path for our campaign just as we’re on the right path for Greenfield.”
Swift, too, is ready to see who the voters will choose for the Republican nomination. She said she’s appreciated the opportunity to run for mayor and is feeling confident.
“It’s been very humbling,” she said. “I feel fabulous, and I know I’ll be a fabulous mayor if chosen.”
Both candidates say they plan to spend Tuesday visiting the three vote centers in Greenfield as a last chance to talk with voters.
And on election night, they’ll spend the evening at the courthouse annex eagerly anticipating results with family and supporters.
Cheryl Bruns, Fewell’s campaign manager, said his campaign has achieved all he hoped it would.
“I think Chuck is doing everything that he can do,” she said. “I haven’t heard any negatives. I feel very confident for him.”
Swift’s daughter, Angela Hall, who is serving as her mom’s project manager, said she’ll be proud of her mother no matter what Tuesday’s outcome is.
“The campaign itself has gone very well,” she said.
“It’s actually been refreshing because of all the positivity.”
Early voting ends at noon Monday and vote centers are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.