I think that it is very important that Fort Wayne elects a Mayor in 2007 that will help control the size of local government and will enact programs to retain and attract new jobs...
There are four Republicans that are running for the office at this time. I do not know anything about 2 of the 4 candidates. If you know anything about them please let me know.
The two best known Republican candidates are Matt Kelty and Nelson Peters. This is a race that I am watching carefully and that I am pretty excited about.
I think that both Matt Kelty and Nelson Peters are good men and good candidates. I expect both to run clean campaigns that are driven by the issues and their opinions. I fully expect both men to act honorably and to NOT resort to "mud-slinging." (Mark Souder could learn a lot from Nelson Peters and Matt Kelty)
I really hope that a Libertarian candidate steps forward to run for this important office.
The Democrats have had one person file to run for this office and I also do not know much about him. If you know anything more about this candidate please let me know.
There are a lot of problems "looming" in Fort Wayne and there are a lot of projects coming down the pipe that will cost the taxpayers HUGE sums of money:
FWCS 500 Million dollars and Wendy Robinson says that is just a starting
CSO This could easily run 500 million dollars or more
Retirement Liabilities This is about another 240 million dollars
We need a Mayor who can decrease the City of Fort Wayne budget so that we can pay for the above projects without HUGE tax increases.
We need a Mayor who understands that mindlessly "throwing more money" at Downtown Fort Wayne will NOT help revitalize Downtown.
We need a Mayor who understands that it would be a large mistake to move the Sheriff's department to New Haven. The Sheriff should be downtown. This is a no-brainer.
We need a Mayor who can make some personnel changes in The Mayor's office and remove some Department Heads that need to be replaced.
We need a Mayor who can lead and can get things done.
Believe it or not; I think we have a good chance of getting a strong Mayor elected this year. I CANNOT remember the last time I saw TWO candidates that were as qualified as Matt Kelty and Nelson Peters. I truly hope that strong Democrat and Libertarian candidates run for this office!