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Two Democrats hoping to fill District 4 seat on Fort Wayne's city council

Republican Jason Arp currently holds the District 4 seat on Fort Wayne's city council.

Posted: Apr 19, 2019 8:28 PM
Updated: Apr 22, 2019 9:27 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Democrats Patti Hays and Jorge Fernandez are hoping to be the nominee for Fort Wayne city council's fourth district.

Hays travels the district from home to work everyday.

Early Voting Hours
Rousseau Centre - 1 East Main Street

Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Saturday, April 27 - 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Wednesday, May 1 through Friday, May 3 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Saturday, May 4 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Monday, May 6, 8:00 AM - Noon

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Indiana Wesleyan University, 8211 W Jefferson Blvd

Ivy Tech Coliseum Campus, 3800 N Anthony Blvd

Public Safety Academy, 7602 Patriot Crossing

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W Dupont Road

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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Saturday, May 4

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

She said she was inspired to run office because of that drive.

"I came across a woman in a power wheelchair navigating the berm of the road," said Hays.

Because of that, she's focused on improving infrastructure across the city.

Hays said the key to that is listening.

"We don't all drive every road, every alley on a regular basis, so it is being responsive," said Hays.

Her opponent Jorge Fernandez agrees the city needs to work on infrastructure.

"I think we can do better as far as our basic functions of roads and utilities," Fernandez said.

Fernandez also wants smarter practices for taxing and contracts.

He pointed to the Red River contract for trash collection in the Summit City.

"Going forward we need to scrutinize contracts, make sure we are defining breach of contract in there," said Fernandez.

The city has invested millions of dollars downtown over the last decade, including the potential for another $65 million for Electric Works.

Fernandez and Hays said they feel the city needs to continue some investment in the area.

"The more flashing projects downtown, I think when it is appropriate. Some funding for General Electric/Electric Works, that would otherwise be a blighted property," said Fernandez.

"When you look at economic development for a community the size of Fort Wayne. It's like running a big business. You can't do everything at once," Hays said.

Early voting is happening now. Primary Day is May 7.

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