Superfly, I can't believe you included a pic for our mayoral race. LMAO!
Mayor Graham Richard (D) vs. Linda Buskirk (R)
This is a rematch of the tightest election in Fort Wayne history. Last election, the difference was just a handful of votes (literally!). It was so close, a recount was automatic. Right now, incumbent Richard has a 9 point lead over challenger Buskirk whom is the Public Works Director at the city. This campaign is nasty so far with Buskirk accusing Richard of letting thousands of manufacturing jobs leave the city. Richard fired back at her of course (and the media acts sooo surprised at the mudslinging). Both are similar on many issues and particularly big on downtown development, but their biggest division is how the police force is structured. Who am I voting for? I'm still not sure. Richard refused a debate recently and that ticked me off because I really wanted to hear their specifics for economic development (especially involving the airport). Richard has done a lot for econ. devel. especially downtown, but we did lose a lot of jobs. The police force did have some internal turmoil, but crime DID go down. As for Buskirk, I'd almost like to see if she can do better particularly for downtown. That is my big issue. I still think they need to develop our three rivers that run downtown like every other city does. We have these waterfronts that they just let overgrow with trees. What a waste! Also, I'd like to see someone begin a push towards legalizing casino gaming. A huge risk, but Casinos would be the shot in the arm we need. Unfortunately, we are notorious for having WAY too many NIMBYs here that bitch about EVERYTHING! Besides, neither candidate has proposed such a strategy anyway.
But otherwise, both are strong and we should be OK
regardless of who wins. I predict Richard will get reelected.