Candidates formally file to run for offices in 2019

Allen County campaigns are in full swing ahead of the May 7th Primary Elections.

Posted: Jan 9, 2019 6:15 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2019 8:26 AM

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT) - Allen County campaigns are in full swing ahead of the May 7th Primary Elections. 

Some local Republicans formally filed Wednesday morning. 

Dr. John Crawford was one of those candidates. He's running as the Republican candidate for Mayor of Fort Wayne. 

Crawford has been campaigning for months. He said he's focusing on four key areas. 

"Fiscal conservatism, watching the dollars as much as we can. We have lots of ideas to do things better. Public health is a big one for me. Opioid abuse is a big problem right now, and being with a medical background, that gives me an advantage to deal with that. Crime is on lots of peoples' minds right now," Crawford said. 

After supporting large projects like the Riverfront and Electric Works, Crawford also wants to redirect public spending. 

"People are saying, 'Okay, downtown is good. Tap the brakes a little bit. We need some more stuff in the neighborhoods.'"

New Haven Mayoral Candidate, Steve McMichael, also officially filed Wednesday. 

"I feel that we're starting from a really good place. We've got a solid foundation to build on. Mayor McDonald has done a wonderful job over the last 20 years. Now, there's some things I definitely intend to do differently, but we're starting from a really good place," McMichael said. 

McMichael and Crawford said they look forward to strong collaboration between Fort Wayne and New Haven. 

"We plan on meeting quarterly to discuss what things are happening in our communities," McMichael said. 

City Clerk, Lana Keesling, also announced she is running for re-election, saying she has big plans for the next term including additions to the new parking meters. 

"There are a couple things we'd love to do over the next four years. Number one: the phone app for the parking meters. We'd love to roll that out. We want to digitize all of the records that the city clerk has," Keesling said. 

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