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October 16, 2011

Ward 4 council candidates discuss issues

Incumbent Republican Chuck LaDow faces Democratic challenger Carlos Marroquin in the race for the Ward 4 seat on the Logansport City Council.

What do you see as the issues in this campaign?

LaDow: I see three main issues in this campaign, the first being maintaining a balanced budget while maximizing production from city employees. During my first term we have gone from an operating budget of nearly $12 million to one slightly less than $8 million. It has been council’s responsibility to make the cuts while minimizing the loss of services to the taxpayer. We have done this without laying off a single full-time city employee. I will continue to be a proactive fiscal agent of our city’s moneys.

The second issue is improving the educational base. With the support of the city, we have established a new, state-of-the-art, Ivy Tech campus, the Trine University extension campus and through our partnership with LEDF, have helped established and support the CLEAR program which helps adults to attain their GED. While talking to local business owners and prospective investors, the two biggest concerns in their success rates include a skilled and educated work force and improved infrastructure within our community. Doing this will create jobs! The numbers speak for themselves as all of the new educational initiatives continue to grow.

Results will not happen overnight, but rather through persistence and perseverance over time. I have had the privilege to teach in two of these facilities and have seen first hand the work ethic and drive the student population has to achieve their goals in furthering their education.

The third issue is the continued development of our existing infrastructure. While the 18th Street Corridor is not supported by some candidates, I am a huge advocate for it. With the Hoosier Heartland finally becoming a reality to our city and the new Ivy Tech campus in place, we need to capitalize on the traffic flow and possibilities that these bring. We must be able to see a city greater than the one we have!  Development along the Hoosier Heartland will happen, and we must have new infrastructure to maximize flow both out of and into our community. The 18th Street Corridor will provide us that.

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