Zach Adamson (D), who is the first openly gay council member to be elected, believes the at-large sweep gives council Democrats a mandate and leverage with the mayor.
“There's a big difference between having an open door and actually being home to answer it,” said Adamson. “Saying that your door is open, and not being willing to meet with us is two different things.”
Council Democrats already know they want to go over the city budget, which Mayor Ballard campaigned on as balanced.
"If you consider taking monies from the water sale and propping up your budget balanced, I suppose it is balanced,” said Adamson. “I suppose if you consider taking dollars from the downtown TIF district to prop up your budget balanced, I guess it's balanced.”
They also can be expected to push a new agenda, including a broader, comprehensive smoking ban in the city, more funding and marketing for Animal Care and Control and recognition of domestic partnerships for City-County employees, issues which will all eventually come down to money.
Lewis' husband became the center of controversy recently when WRTV's Kara Kenney reported that he had been fired from his job in the Marion Co. Assessor's Office by former county assessor and Lewis' predecessor on the City-County Council, Greg Bowes, and later rehired. The current county assessor, Joseph O'Connor, in a controversial move rehired Leroy Lewis after he took office earlier this year upon his election to the office. Another Democratic council member, Mary Moriarty Adams, is a top official in O'Connor's office. Bowes told Kenney that he stood by his decision to fire Lewis for sexual harassment, misuse of his computer and failure to perform his work assignments.