Midterms over, GOP looks toward mayoral election

Tuesday night was an eventful one for the Republican party. The winners all gathered Wednesday for a small celebration and camaraderie after wrapping up midterm elections. Now two Republican mayoral candidates are hoping to have the same outcome for 2019.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2018 7:28 PM
Updated: Nov. 8, 2018 7:04 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- After winning the Third District Congressional seat for a second time. Congressman Jim Banks said there won't be any rest anytime soon. Letting the room at the Republican Headquarters know he's ready to work.

"We go back next week to begin the lame- duck session. The lame-duck session is going to be very busy. A lot of priorities including funding the border wall will be a major topic over the next seven weeks, as well as preparing for the next congress from the leadership elections to a lot of the organizational activity. There's a lot to do over the next seven weeks I don't plan on slowing down one bit," Banks said.

He said last night is a strong indication that northeast Allen County has confidence in the party.

"Republicans in northeast Indiana are as strong as ever. Especially the outline counties outside of Allen County. We've had very significant margins in those counties, and I don't anticipate that changing anytime soon," he added.

He acknowledged the two mayoral candidates in the room offering support to both as they embark on the journey to the 2019 election.
One political newcomer and businessman Tim Smith and Fort Wayne City Council At Large- Dr. John Crawford.

"I think about the mayor's office the same way i think about my current role. What makes my company successful? What makes it effective? You fiscally manage well. From a customer service perspective, you manage well. You put tax payers or customers needs ahead of our own and when you treat customers well year after year, decade after decade, it comes back to you. I'm just a taxpayer in Allen County like the rest of us. I want my government to be run as the best private business I know," Republican mayoral candidate, Tim Smith said.

Both candidates are looking at money management for advancing resources for the city financially and healthwise.

"Being a doctor I have some good ideas to concentrate on better treatment facilities. Less people addicted to drugs, the less drug dealers, less crime. and we need some more police people too," Republican mayoral candidate, Dr. John Crawford said.

He said it's 180 days until the primary, and it will go by pretty fast.

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