Challenger beats incumbent in Republican race for McCordsville council


McCORDSVILLE — The challenger for the only contested McCordsville Town Council seat in the Republican primary defeated the incumbent by nine votes in a race that drew fewer than 70 ballots.

Greg Brewer beat Bryan Burney for the council’s District 2 position, which covers an area east of Mt. Comfort Road.

"I knew it was going to be a low turnout, but I didn’t realize it would be so low," Brewer said.

Brewer thanked Burney for his service on the council and said he didn’t run out of anything personal against the incumbent.

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"I’m trying to provide an alternative voice and a new perspective," Brewer said. "It just so happens that he lives in my district."

Brewer said his race is not over yet and that he’s looking forward to the general election this fall. No other candidates have filed for McCordsville District 2 in the primary.

"Things could change between now and November, but at least I’m heading in the right path," Brewer said.

Brewer said if he’s victorious in the fall, he’s looking forward to advocating for improved fire protection and EMT services in McCordsville and less town involvement in a town center. 

Burney, who has served on the council since 2016, said he was a little saddened by the election’s results.

"I enjoyed doing it; I’ll miss it," he said. "But it’s nice for the voters to have a choice."

He congratulated his opponent.

"I wish him well, and I think he’ll find McCordsville’s a very well-run town," Burney said.

Kaele Albert, a resident of the district, cast her ballot Tuesday for Brewer, who lives in her neighborhood on the town’s south side. She said he would give that part of town a say on the council.

Traffic can get heavy in that area, Albert said, adding the council might be more apt to pursue improvements if one of its members regularly has to sit in it.

Albert, who came out to McCordsville Town Hall’s vote center Tuesday afternoon with her 5-year-old son, said another important issue for her is establishing more trails and amenities in town for children.

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McCordsville Town Council District 2

Greg Brewer;38

Bryan Burney;29