Moderator: Kathie Obradovich, Political Columnist, The Des Moines Register
Carmel, IN Mayor Jim Brainard is Carmel’s first five-term mayor. Under his tenure, Carmel has experienced tremendous growth and prosperity. It is considered one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The population has grown from 25,000 to almost 80,000 in the last 12 years. Park land, greenspace, and trails have increased from 40 acres to more than 800, including the Monon Trail and Central Park. The creation of a new downtown and the Arts & Design District has breathed new life into forgotten areas of the city. All of these improvements have given the citizens of Carmel increased opportunities for recreation and cultural activities.
Frank Cownie is the current mayor of Des Moines, Iowa.
Kathie Obradovich is Political Columnist for The Des Moines Register, covering Iowa state politics and the Iowa caucuses.