By: Gisselle Venable
Since 2019, James Mueller has held the position of mayor of South Bend. This year, however, marks four years since his election, and with that, another mayoral election is on its way. Mueller, who won the Democratic nomination for mayor in May, will face Republican nominee Desmont Upchurch in the 2023 mayoral election. Municipal Election Day is on Nov. 7: here’s how to get involved.
The last day to register to vote for the 2023 Municipal Election is Oct. 10. Registering can be done online through Vote411, an organization dedicated to providing all the information a voter may need in order to get started and stay informed. No matter the location, a voting guide is available to educate and inform voters about how, when and where to vote.
The guide for South Bend provides information such as the candidates’ general campaign information and questions highlighting the prime ideas and goals of each candidate.
When questioned about what they believe to be the biggest challenge in South Bend, the candidates gave similar responses with different focuses.
Mueller believes that public safety is the highest priority, particularly focusing on proper gun measures “to keep firearms out of the wrong hands”. Upchurch believes that violence in the city is a challenge. His solutions are to engage the community, invest in education and workplace development programs and provide support in community programs. If elected, both candidates hope to tackle and address these issues as mayor of South Bend.
For further information on the candidates, as well as voting guides for other elections, visit https://www.vote411.org/indiana.