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2003 South Bend, Indiana mayoral election

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2003 South Bend mayoral election
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Nominee Steve Luecke Thomas R. Schmidt
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 10,598 4,188
Percentage 71.68% 28.32%

Mayor before election

Steve Luecke

Elected Mayor

Steve Luecke

The 2003 South Bend, Indiana mayoral election was held on November 4, 2003. Incumbent mayor Steve Luecke was reelected to a second full-term (and third overall term).


Democratic primary

Incumbent mayor Steve Luecke was unchallenged in the Democratic primary.[1] Originally attempting to challenge Leucke for the nomination was 1995 Republican mayoral nominee (and failed 1987 South Bend Republican mayoral primary candidate) Michael C. "Mike" Waite.[2]

Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Stephen J. Luecke (incumbent) 7,480 100
Total votes 7,480 100

Republican primary

After a long search to try and find a candidate, hours before the deadline for a candidate to register, St. Joseph County Republican chairman Matt Lentsch announced Thomas Schmidt as a candidate/presumptive nominee.[2] Thomas R. Schmidt was unchallenged in the Republican primary.[1]

Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Thomas R. Schmidt 1,497 100
Total votes 1,497 100

General election

Luecke was heavily favored to win the election.[4]

2003 wound up being a good year for Democrats in Indiana's mayoral elections, with the party winning control of the mayoralties of all of the state's top seven most populous cities for the first time since 1959.[5] The Democratic Party also won control of the mayoralties in twenty of the state's thirty cities with populations above 25,000.[5] Additionally, in 2003, Democrats won more than 56% of partisan mayoral races in Indiana.[6]

During the general election, St. Joseph County, where South Bend is located, saw voter turnout of 15% in its various elections.[7]

General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Stephen J. Luecke (incumbent) 10,598 71.68
Republican Thomas R. Schmidt 4,188 28.32
Total votes 14,786 100


  1. ^ a b "Gary, E. Chicago mayors survive primary". The Laporte County Herald Argus. Associated Press. May 7, 2003. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Indiana 2003 Racing Form Indiana 2003 Mayoral Races" (PDF). The Howey Political Report. 9 (26). February 27, 2003. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Historical Election Results". Voter Portal. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "Area mayoral races mirror each other again". KPC Media Group. KPC News. Associated Press. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Howey, Brian A. (November 5, 2003). "Democrats control top 7 Hoosier cities" (PDF). The Howey Political Report. 10 (14). Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Marschall, Melissa; Lappie, John (May 2016). "Mayoral Elections in Indiana 2003–2015" (PDF). Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  7. ^ "General Election Turnout and Registration" (PDF). Indiana Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 10, 2008.
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