I have known Councillor Lewis for a few years now, and I know that she will be a tremendous Council President. Democrats have made a very wise choice.
Here is the release from the Marion County Democratic Party:
New Council Majority Makes Historic Leadership Choice
Democratic Majority Selects Councillor Maggie A. Lewis as Council President
INDIANAPOLIS—The new Democratic majority on the Indianapolis-Marion County Council today held an organizational meeting to make leadership choices for the Council term beginning in 2012. Councillor Maggie Lewis (District 7) was selected by the Democratic Councillors and Councillors-elect as their nominee to serve as Council President. Beginning on January 1, 2012, Democrats will control the Council 16 – 13. When elected by the Council as a whole, Councillor Lewis will be the first female Council President in Indianapolis history.
Lewis said, “I am honored to be selected by my fellow Democratic Councillors to serve as President. I have already reached out to Mayor Ballard to discuss how we can best work together to move our city forward.”
In addition, the Democratic caucus filled out the rest of the leadership team by selecting Councillor Brian Mahern (District 16) as their nominee for Vice President and Councillor Vernon Brown (District 18) as Majority Leader.