1983 Indianapolis mayoral election

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Nominee William H. Hudnut III John J. Sullivan
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 134,550 63,240
Percentage 67.5% 21.7%

Mayor before election

William H. Hudnut III

Elected Mayor

William H. Hudnut III

The Indianapolis mayoral election of 1983 took place on November 8, 1983, and saw the reelection of Republican William H. Hudnut III to a third term.

In 1982, the two-term limit on the mayoralty was removed (leaving no limits on the number of terms).[2] This enabled Hudnut to run for a, previously prohibited, third term.

Top prospective Democratic candidates declined to run, and Hudnut ultimately faced John J. Sullivan, a newcomer to political campaigning.[2]


Indianapolis mayoral election, 1983[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William H. Hudnut III (incumbent) 134,550 67.5
Democratic John J. Sullivan 63,240 21.7
Other Others 1,646 0.8
Turnout 199,436
Majority 71,310
Republican hold


  1. ^ a b Bodenhamer, David J. (1994). The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indiana University Press. p. 1356 and 1357. ISBN 0-253-31222-1.
  2. ^ a b Owen, James; York, Wilbern. Governing Metropolitan Indianapolis: The Politics of Unigov. University of California Press. p. 175 and 176.
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