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Two Republicans hoping to represent Southwest Fort Wayne

Jason Arp and Rachel Lott are running for Fort Wayne City Council District 4.

Posted: Mar. 28, 2019 10:04 PM
Updated: Mar. 28, 2019 10:20 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne city councilman Jason Arp is finishing up his first term representing Fort Wayne's Fourth District.

He said he's running again because he wants to finish his plans to help better the city.

"There's still more work to do. There are a lot of other areas I would like to clean up, like the contracting," said Arp.

That includes trying to pass some things he tried before, such as getting rid of the business personal property tax.

"I think there will be a real boom to business investment and job growth and attracting more investment in this community," he said.

This year he is being challenged in the primary by Rachel Lott.

"I'm running to give the residents in this area a voice. I've talked to a lot of residents who feel like they are not being heard," said Lott.

Lott, like many others running for city council, want to improve trash collection after a dismal first year for Red River.

"It's gotten better but it is still a problem. As I've been talking, I'd say about 50 percent of the folks I've chatted with have said they are still having issues every now and then," she said.

She said the root of the trash issue is a different problem.

"Which is management and hiring of contractors for the community. The contract is not enforceable and that was passed by city council 9 to 0," said Lott.

Arp did vote for the contract, but he says the best solution would be ditching a trash contract all together.

"In a completely free market people would be able to choose who they wanted to pick up their garbage as opposed to having the city decide for them," Lott said.

The Primary Election is May 7.

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