By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. Freeman-Wilson upset in Gary: Here are your hump day power lunch talking points: Last November, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson was elected president the National League of Cities, telling her colleagues, "I look forward to leading this organization and telling the story of Gary on the national stage.” Her "Gary story" now includes her upset primary defeat to Lake County Assessor Jerome Prince, 6,967 to 5,418, with about 1,500 votes scattered among the other seven candidates. Freeman-Wilson drew criticism for the NLC post while Gary wallowed in violence and fiscal woes. Prince entered the race just hours before deadline. "Let's reimagine Gary," Prince told the crowd (NWI Times). "Thank you for believing in me."  

There were a couple of other notable upsets. Former two-term Anderson mayor Kevin Smith was defeated by Madison County Auditor Rick Gardner, who will face Democrat Mayor Thomas Broderick. “People have started calling about raising funds,” Gardner told the Anderson Herald-Bulletin. “I know it will be an uphill battle, but I’m up for it.” And in Fort Wayne, businessman Tim Smith leaned on a Right to Life endorsement and activism to defeat Councilman John Crawford with 56% and will face three-term Democrat Mayor Tom Henry. “Tom Henry has never seen a campaign like we are about to launch for the general election,” Smith said. Henry told HPI he thought Smith had a primary edge, and he also appeared to prefer this matchup.

2. Open seat battles set

In open seats, Republican Muncie Councilman Dan Ridenour bested Tom Bracken and several others with 44% and will face Democrat Terry Whitt Bailey, who edged Andrew Dale by a little less than 200 votes. Bailey is the first black mayoral candidate in Muncie to be on the general election ballot. “I know how hard African-Americans have worked for me,” Bailey said. “History has told us that we couldn't do this, but we did it." In Kokomo, Democrat United Way President Abbie Smith defeated Councilman Kevin Moore, who drew vociferous criticism from Mayor Greg Goodnight. Smith will take on Republican Tyler Moore.

3. Mueller prevails with Mayor Pete

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg endorsed James Mueller to succeed him, with some seeing it as a gambit that could potentially embarrass his presidential campaign. But Mueller won the crowded Democratic primary with 37%. South Bend Tribune's Jeff Parrott reports: Buttigieg said Mueller “answered the call when it was not the most comfortable or obvious thing to do. It’s why, even though he’s not the cigar-chomping, back-slapping politician  that some people might expect, and neither am I, he is exactly the right person.” Mueller then said, “I thank all of you for believing in me and I specifically thank the people who were on the ground floor, when it was really rough and they were like, ‘Is this guy actually going to get there and make it?’”

4. Brainard, Fadness, Copeland prevail

The dean of Hoosier mayors (with Bluffton's Ted Ellis exiting), Carmel's Jim Brainard easily defeated Hamilton County Councilman Fred Glynn with 56%. Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness had a big win over Logan Day with 67%. East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland coasted to renomination over former legislator John Aguilera.  Noblesville Councilman Chris Jensen used an endorsement from Gov. Eric Holcomb to win a four-way race with 46%. Other big winners include Democrat Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton who was nominated with 86%, Republican Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop and GOP Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke who were nominated with 88% and 89% of their primary vote. None of these mayors face a credible fall challenger.

5. Big fall matchups

The marquee matchups this fall will include Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett against Republican State Sen. Jim Merritt. Hogsett has a big money lead, but faces persistent homicide and pothole problems. Former Republican Elkhart mayor Dave Miller will face former councilman and Northwestern basketball star Rod Roberson, the first African-American nominee there. Three-term Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett takes on Councilman Karrum Nasser, who won his Democratic primary with 70%. New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan will be challenged by Republican Mark Seabrook after winning his primary with 56%. And in Jeffersonville, Republican Mayor Mike Moore has a rematch with former Democrat mayor Tom Galligan, who he defeated in 2011.

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