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October 17, 2011

Ward 5 council candidates address issues

Incumbent Democrat Kerry Worthington will face Republican challenger Teresa Popejoy in the race for the Ward 5 seat on the Logansport City Council.

What do you see as the issues in this campaign?

Popejoy: The main issue in Logansport is the lack of employment opportunities. Without jobs, we lack the revenue to purchase services, pay our taxes, maintain our homes and are faced with a decreasing population. Lack of money to provide for everyday essentials often leads to increased crime and gang activity, an ever-growing concern in this community.

We must find ways to welcome new industry and business to Logansport and provide them with the support they need to begin those businesses and keep them in operation after they have opened their doors. Another issue that must be addressed is the lack of cooperation between government entities in Cass County. Many dollars could be saved by working together to provide essential services needed to protect our community and buy necessary day-to-day operational items.

Logansport must elect leaders with the foresight to address issues before they become major problems. A prime example of this is the municipal utilities’ financial concerns and outdated equipment, and the outdated city policies and practices.

The 18th Street corridor is another issue that needs to be revisited. Addressing the area around the Ivy Tech building to provide a small shopping area makes sense for those individuals traveling into Logansport or attending classes and provides for economic growth.

It does not, however, seem financially responsible to redevelop an existing “corridor” into Logansport that will take away property from homeowners and established local businesses. Further study regarding this issue is needed in order to make the best decision for the community as a whole.

Worthington: Although there are many issues facing the city of Logansport, I think the one that hits home the most is finding ways to provide services to the citizens of the city while staying within the realm of the budget. Included in that is providing a decent wage and benefit package for the employees of the city who without their dedication and hard work we would not live the quality of life we live in this city.

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