Fort Wayne seeing crowded race for Republican at-large city council seat

Tom Freistroffer, Michael Barranda and John Crawford hold those seats.

Posted: Apr 5, 2019 9:29 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2019 10:35 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - When voters go into the booth in just over a month, they will have to pick three people running for Fort Wayne city council At-Large to move on to the General Election.

Tom Freistroffer, Michael Barranda and John Crawford hold those seats.

"We got a lot of good things done. I think it is time keep forward pushing," said Barranda.

"I just like to feel I can give back something to the city. I'm a native of Fort Wayne," said Freistroffer.

Barranda said he'd like to see the administration working with city council more.

He said that could lead to better deals for citizens.

"It will ultimately result in better contracts. The Red River contract wasn't the best contract," said Barranda.

Freistroffer meanwhile wants to see more investment outside of the downtown area.

"We need to focus on our other neighborhoods. We need to focus on the infrastructure which is the backbone and skeletal structure of our city," Freistroffer said.

With Crawford running for mayor, many republicans see this year as an opportunity to fill a void.

Perry Township Trustee Eric Tippman is one of them.

"I'm running for all the teachers, engineers, CPA, scientists, people who have to get the right answer on their day to day job," said Tippmann.

He said he is focused on the budget and wants to make cuts where ever possible.

"Within weeks my township is making 10s of thousands of dollars more a year on interest just by shuffling the money around," said Tippmann.

Nathan Hartman is currently appointed to several boards by city council.

"Really trying to understand how the city operates and things I can do better," said Hartman.

He would like to focus on economic development.

"I think we can do a lot better with the jobs we bring here. I think we can bring better paying jobs here. I think we have a lot of amenities and a great workforce," said Hartman.

Joe Townsend is running to try to reduce violent crime in the community.

"Right now we don't have proper deterrence, we're not solving the crime," Townsend said.

He said to bring deterrence, the police department needs to be restructured.

"We only have four homicide detectives to solve the murder rates. That's not helping the situation," said Townsend.

The last day to register to vote is Monday, with early voting starting Tuesday.

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