- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Joe Hogsett has been sworn in as the mayor of Indianapolis.

A ceremony took place Friday at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. More than two dozen City-County Councilors were also sworn in. The ceremony was bipartisan, which is a change from past years.

Hogsett, a Democrat, says education, community policing and neighborhood development are among his top priorities. He was elected in November over Republican candidate Chuck Brewer, a restaurant owner and first-time political candidate.

Hogsett replaces Greg Ballard, a two term mayor who didn’t seek re-election. The Republican ended eight years as mayor during a period where Indianapolis hosted the 2012 Super Bowl and struggled with violent crime.

Ballard’s last day was Thursday. The Indianapolis Star reports one of his last acts as mayor was to officiate a same-sex marriage ceremony.

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