from left, Joe Hubbard and Mayor Mark Myers speak during interviews at the Daily Journal office in Franklin. They're seeking the Republican nomination for Greenwood Mayor in the May 2 primary.

With early voting underway, more endorsements are being announced for the two men running in the Republican primary for Greenwood mayor.

Former State Rep. Woody Burton, and his successor, State Rep. Michelle Davis, R-Whiteland, have both endorsed Joe Hubbard for Greenwood mayor, Hubbard’s campaign announced Monday. Hubbard is challenging incumbent Mayor Mark Myers in the May 2 primary.

Burton, who represented portions of Johnson County for 32 years before stepping away from the office in 2020, says he’s learned that not every official elected will do the job properly. After asking hard questions to Hubbard himself, Burton believes Hubbard is well-qualified to serve as the city’s mayor, he said.

“Joe is willing to meet with constituents to talk over issues,” Burton said in a statement. “That is why I am enthusiastically endorsing Joe Hubbard for Mayor of Greenwood.”

In a statement, Davis said she believes Hubbard will bring a “fresh perspective” to addressing the city’s most urgent problems. He will run a transparent office that will be accessible to voters and will always fight for them, she said.

“Joe will not cater to special interests, developers, or out-of-state companies,” Davis said. “I look forward to partnering with Joe to represent the people of Greenwood and I highly encourage you to vote for Joe Hubbard for Mayor on or before May 2.”

Along with Burton’s and Davis’ endorsement, Hubbard has also been endorsed by Johnson County Professional Firefighters Local 4252, the union’s first-ever endorsement of a political candidate. The union is comprised of over 150 firefighters in Johnson County from the Greenwood, Bargersville, and White River Township fire departments.

The latest endorsements follow endorsements announced by the Myers campaign earlier this month. State Sen. Jack Sandlin, R-Indianapolis, endorsed Myers earlier this month.

In a campaign mailer, Myers also announced he has been endorsed by State Rep. Mike Speedy, R-Indianapolis, and U.S. Rep. Erin Houchin, R-Indiana.

Speedy said Myers is always accessible and is always willing to work with others toward common goals of making neighborhoods better for families.

“Mark Myers has accomplished great things for Greenwood, and I know he has just begun,” Speedy said in the endorsement.

Houchin, whose district no longer includes Johnson County, worked with Myers while she was employed with former Sen. Dan Coats. Myers has a passion for Greenwood and a drive to make it a safe place of opportunity, she said.

“He is one of the best, and I’m proud to call him a friend,” Houchin said in the endorsement.