MIKE AVILA – City Council at-Large Candidate
I spent the first few years of my childhood in Waynedale, where I attended St. Therese School through the second grade. I have great memories of those early days, having fun as a family, spending time with friends and enjoying the neighborhood community. After graduating from Bishop Luers High School and attending some college, I began my career in the construction industry. I acquired the skills needed to achieve the level of brickmason, and I then moved on into the leadership of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers of Indiana/Kentucky. I have held that position for the last twenty years. Having previously been a member of Crimestoppers Board and the former secretary of the Southwest Area Partnership, I am currently secretary of Eagle Creek Neighborhood Association. Additionally, I serve on the Board of Public Works, appointed by Mayor Henry.
We need to continue to hold down excessive city spending while maintaining a balanced budget. I want to create an environment where businesses can grow and maintain good paying jobs. I want to see improved infrastructure, focusing on streets and sidewalks. I am a strong supporter of the public schools, which I believe foster a city community built around family. Residents want the services that the city can provide them in order to enhance their daily lives, and I am committed to making sure that continues, repairing infrastructure above and below the surface as needed. I am proud of being a part of bringing city water to the former Aqua customers in the Southwest side of the city. A clean and updated city is the city I see, and we are headed in that direction. I envision taking the development of the downtown area to all parts of Fort Wayne. I see a river development project that is like no other with amenities that enhance the entertainment and visitor experience of people from all around Northeast Indiana and beyond. Additionally, I see a public service force, including the fire and police departments, that has the tools needed to keep Fort Wayne and its residents safe.
I am running for city council to represent the families and residents of Fort Wayne. I will work with businesses, which are the backbone of the community, to facilitate an environment that will enhance growth and produce good jobs. It is well known that good paying jobs create a healthy lifestyle. The result is stability and growth with a functioning community, where families are buying homes, going to theatres, buying goods, visiting restaurants and partaking in other services. I will work to reinstate fair representation for the Fort Wayne city employees, and give them the representation they deserve.
I look forward to talking with you about Fort Wayne, and I would appreciate your support on November 3rd. Thank you for your consideration.
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