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1963 Indianapolis mayoral election

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Indianapolis mayoral election, 1963

← 1959 November 5, 1963 1967 →
Nominee John J. Barton Clarence Drayer Samuel Unger
Party Democratic Republican Independent
Popular vote 68,316 63,091 10,709
Percentage 48.1% 44.4% 7.5%

Mayor before election

Albert H. Losche

Elected Mayor

John J. Barton

The Indianapolis mayoral election of 1963 took place on November 5, 1963 and saw the election of John J. Barton.

Barton won a hotly contested Democratic primary.[1] Barton defeated Republican Clarence Drayer and independent candidate Samuel Unger in the general election.[1]

Barton's campaign platform promised to reform the Indianapolis Police Department, involve the community in decision making, seek federal assistance for Indianapolis whenever possible, practice slum clearance, and make infrastructure repairs.[1]


Voter turnout saw then-record levels.[1]

Indianapolis mayoral election, 1963[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John J. Barton 68,316 48.1
Republican Clarence Drayer 63,091 44.4
Independent Samuel Unger 10,709 7.5
Turnout 142,116 47.9
Majority 5,225 3.7
Democratic hold


  1. ^ a b c d Bodenhamer, David J. (1994). The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indiana University Press. p. 298. ISBN 0-253-31222-1.
  2. ^ Bodenhamer, David J.; Barrows, Robert G. (1994). The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indiana University Press. p. 1356 and 1357. ISBN 0-253-31222-1.

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Indianapolis mayoral election
Succeeded by
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