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Evansville Mayor Election & Wasted resources

January 26, 2015

After reading in our news paper how our current mayor is receiving donations from outside the State and knowing how he wasted resources in failed projects such as Downtown Hotel and IU medical center, I had to write to our newspaper and ask those questions.

(This is a link to the article in Courier & Press that I commented on below)

Below is what I sent and published or you can click on Link Here if you have subscription to Evansville Courier and Press:

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While on the surface we all understand why politicians need donations during election year. The main purpose is to litter our airwaves and prints with useless information.

Looking how much our Mayor Lloyd Winnecke donation has brought so far and how much he spent ($238K) so far during a non-election year you are left to wonder is this a mayor you want leading your city? He couldn’t come through with the Downtown hotel and medical center, on the other hand he was able to annex part of East Side and increase taxes driving small businesses to close! What did he spend that cash on? Why are donors from outside our city contributing? What is a Kansas City company doing donating $10K to Mayor Winnecke? Is he being influenced by an outside party that doesn’t have our city best interest in mind?

To make this process better for our city, no more outside donations and influence, how about no more donations period to buy elected official. For a mayor race have televised discussions with Q&A and printed in our newspaper to see where candidates stand in reviving our city. All this cash being raised can be put to a better use, for example if both parties expect to raise over a million dollars for mayoral race I would say give it to our EPD department to install ShotSpotter which cost $250K and hire more cops to help us reduce crimes in the city instead of trashing our airwaves. Another idea is to charge the Mayor back on wasted resources for project not completed and cost city money. Same argument can be made on larger scale during presidential elections spending over $2 Billion where you can build factories and create jobs for that amount.

I want to see our next leader not waste city resources but have out of box ideas how to improve the city, make it safer, bring jobs and keep others from leaving. Our population has been stagnant for the past 20 years, time to turn the ship around and get us moving in right direction and not happy with status quo.

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