We are two weeks away from the municipal election and never has the voter in Waynedale had an opportunity to make a real difference with their vote.
From the Memorial Day parade to the Walk in Waynedale street fair, I have met residents who are proud of their community and want assurance that the recent city growth reaches into their neighborhood. As I walked each street and neighborhood and knocked on doors since the spring primary I have met thousands of residents. I have heard stories of homes passed from parents to children, of siblings living side by side, of first time home buyers and those ready to downsize, of renters and owners.
Distressing to me was the number who did not know which district of the city they were in. Most people I talked with could not name their City Council representative. When I asked voters what their issues and concerns are relative to City Council, many did not know the role of the council.
Your city council representative is responsible for proving the ways and means to ensure your safety and security and to maintain or improve your quality of life. How do you know that is being done if you don’t know who your representative is?
Our 4th district representative has previously boasted on the number of NO votes he has cast. He has been unapologetic about opposing tax abatements that would result in business relocation and expansions. He voted NO on supporting the Ash Building, voted NO to supporting two new hotels downtown for the increasing tourism, and he voted NO on the expansion of Sweetwater resulting in more than a thousand new jobs. He voted NO for the new Promenade Park which will be an anchor for hundreds of millions of new private development dollars. He voted NO to a budget that would have increased public works spending on sidewalks and street repairs.
Waynedale deserves someone who will be welcoming to new ideas; someone with a goal of improving quality of life for everyone; someone who will assure quality fire and police resources; someone who will protect and support the neighborhoods we know as home.
Early voting has opened and will be available through November 2. If you have an absentee ballot, send it in. Polls are open at 6 am on November 5. To check your registration status or your poling location go to indianavoters.in.gov/. I am demanding better for Waynedale and so should you.
Publisher’s Note: In the interest of public education of local politics and to encourage voting, The Waynedale News offered all of the candidates in the upcoming primary election the opportunity to share their biography and goals for the office that they are running for. This came with the stipulations that they were not allowed to degrade other candidates or current policy, and they were required a minimum advertising budget for The Waynedale News area. Staying true to our non-bias news and positive outlook, we do not endorse or recommend any of the candidates on this page further than any other candidates running for office. But, these are the candidates wanting to be seen by you. Our recommendation is to use these pages as a reference when researching candidates for the upcoming primary election, make educated decisions on who you would like to see in office and most importantly VOTE on November 5 at your predestinated voting location. More information: www.allencounty.us/election-board