Republican Joseph E. (Joe) Buck will take on Democrat David Oresik in the race for the Ward 2 seat on the Logansport City Council.
What do you see as the issues in this campaign?
Buck: The No. 1 problem that Logansport faces is the lack of jobs!
This lack of jobs has affected many aspects of life in this city of ours. LMU's lack of customers Industrial and Residential has reduced their income while their operating costs have not dropped, this has crated significant losses.
Vacant and abandoned housing is creating problems for the city and lost tax revenue. 900 to 1,000 empty units plus empty factories and stores.
With the depressed economy we need the city and county councils to work together to find ways to combine our processes to conserve the funding that we have to maintain the vital public safety services that we all depend on daily.
Oresik: The issue for all elections seems to be jobs. What's rarely discussed is how do we get jobs? I believe that the three factors affecting jobs and economic development are infrastructure, education and public safety.
In order to maintain businesses, attract new businesses, and be able to serve customers is to provide the necessary infrastructure.
Sidewalks and storm water management are especially important to the second ward. For every $100 invested in infrastructure, $350 in economic development is created.
An educated workforce is necessary to provide workers for businesses in Logansport. We need to promote K-12, college and vocational education. The new Ivy Tech, Trine University and the CLEAR program need to be fully utilized.
Public safety can be enhanced by establishing neighborhood watch programs to give our law enforcement officers as many eyes as possible. It is also vital to at least maintain the present number of officers on the force. I also support keeping the South side Fire Station open.