County councilor Glynn to challenge Carmel mayor in May primary


Hamilton County councilor Fred Glynn is challenging 24-year incumbent Jim Brainard to become mayor of Carmel.

Glynn, a Republican, was re-elected for his second term on the county council in November 2018.

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“After 24 years, it’s time for fresh leadership and vision (in Carmel),” Glynn stated in a press release. “I believe that I can provide the leadership necessary to make Carmel’s next chapter its greatest chapter yet.”

Although he is still working out details of his campaign platform, one priority for Glynn is balancing development with fiscal discipline. He is especially concerned with the city’s debt load.

“It is a false narrative that we have to choose between good government and fiscal responsibility,” he stated. “My time on county council proves you can do both.”

Glynn works as a mortgage loan officer. He and his wife, Beth, have one daughter. The family volunteers at Race for the Cure and Gleaner’s Food Bank. Learn more about Glynn at

Glynn and Brainard will face off in the May 7 primary. No one else has filed to run for mayor as of Feb. 5. Candidate filing ends at noon Feb. 8. The general election is Nov. 5

This story will be updated.