Current council members Jeremy Ashcraft and Charlie Hastings face challengers Chris Martin and Matt Meagher in the race for the two at-large seats on the Logansport City Council. Ashcraft and Martin are Republicans. Meagher is a Democrat, and Hastings, who was elected twice as a Democrat, is running this time as an independent.
What do you see as the issues in this campaign?
Ashcraft: Our community has been fortunate to see new businesses and developments at the city’s east end and in the downtown, but I think we can do more to encourage growth. Planning and zoning standards are critical because they maintain order. On the other hand, I think we need to keep realistic expectations and eliminate layers. That’s why I support dissolving the Downtown Review Board.
I will continue to support quality of life initiatives, more efficient government and historic preservation whenever possible. We must continue to invest in ourselves if we expect others to invest in us. Improved educational opportunities for our workforce and modern infrastructure are critical to success. That is why I have supported projects such as the new Ivy Tech campus, Trine University, the 18th Street project and new commercial developments. We must work together to promote an environment where businesses want to locate and people want to live. Our attitude must be one of a community that is successful, has a future and knows how to work together to be prosperous. I believe job retention is just as important as job creation. If tax abatement saves five jobs or 50, it is worth every dime. These are things we must continue to do.
Hastings: The main issue in this year’s election is the creation of livable wage jobs. Logansport is below the coverage wage base in Indiana. Livable wages of $16 to $19 per hour. People in Logansport need these types of wages to make improvements in their life. We have a wonderful education system in Logansport, but if there are no jobs, the graduates will locate elsewhere.