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1975 South Bend, Indiana mayoral election

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South Bend mayoral election, 1975
← 1971 November 4, 1975 1979 →
Nominee Peter Nemeth John Slafkosky
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 23,689 9,804
Percentage 68.89% 28.51%

Mayor before election

Jerry Miller

Elected Mayor

Peter Nemeth

The 1975 South Bend, Indiana mayoral election was held on November 4, 1975. The election was won by Democrat Peter Nemeth.


Democratic primary

Democratic incumbent Jerry Miller was unseated in the primary,[1][2] being defeated by common council member Peter Nemeth.[2] Nemeth's victory was considered an upset.[2]

Republican primary

John Slafkosky won the Republican nomination.

Also seeking the Republican nomination was George Williams, Jr.[3] Williams was the first black man to run for mayor of South Bend.[4][5] Williams was a community organizer.[6]

Independent candidates

Ronald R. Kronewittier ran as an independent candidate.[2]

General election

Due to the strength of the Democratic Party, his upset primary victory, and his popularity as a common council member, Nemeth was favored to win.[2] He ultimately won a landslide victory.[2]

General election results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Nemeth 23,689 68.89
Republican John Slafkosky 9,804 28.51
Independent Ronald R. Kronewittier 893 2.60
Turnout 34,386


  1. ^ Delaney, Paul (May 7, 1975). "Mayor Hatcher Renominated in Gary". New York Times. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Reimer, Don; Byrne, Kathy (November 5, 1975). "Nemeth and Prickett win in local mayoral races" (PDF). The Observer. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "George Williams Jr., South Bend mayoral candidate, 1975". Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  4. ^ "George Williams Jr., reaction to mayoral candidacy, 1975 – 1". Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  5. ^ Parrott, Jeff (April 13, 2019). "Regina Williams-Preston wants equity, development for neighborhoods as South Bend mayor". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  6. ^ Parrott, Jeff (April 13, 2019). "Regina Williams-Preston wants equity, development for neighborhoods as South Bend mayor". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
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