NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT) - Both Steve McMichael and Darren Peterson are no strangers to the New Haven community.
McMichael has been a long time small business owner and has served on various boards and New Haven City Council.
Peterson was a police officer for New Haven for 25 years and now serves as a School Resource Officer.
Both feel their unique experiences make them great candidates for the job.
McMichael explained. "In addition to being a small business owner, I bring a business approach and a community approach to the role as mayor."
"I've gained many opportunities to meet with parents and develop relationships with parents, and children," Peterson said while speaking on his time as a police officer and SRO.
Both candidates agree the biggest problem facing New Haven families are rising water and sewer rates, but they have different ideas of how to help solve the problem.
"I intend on putting a stakeholder panel together of residents, businesses, community leaders, and at least one person from the utility department to really dive in and figure out where we're at and how we got there, and what the possible options are looking forward," McMichael said.
Peterson's approach is to go straight to the source, saying " I plan to make phone calls into Fort Wayne asking for meetings with Fort Wayne. I've spoken with a few already and we're ready to sit down and find out why our rates are higher than they should be."
They agree economic development is needed in the city.
McMichael has identified an area for economic development, calling his place the Dogbone.
Peterson believes fixing the infrastructure and beautifying the city will help spur economic stimulus.
The candidates agree a new approach is needed to move the city forward
"I would get people involved," Peterson said. "People are not involved currently and I want to, like I said, form groups of citizens that are interested in different topics, get them involved, have them come up with ideas and work together as a community."
McMichael said" I have a new vision, new goals. While I respect Terry McDonald and Terry's been a great friend and mentor, there are some things that we disagree on. I do have a different vision than Terry McDonald does."
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