Fishers' mayoral race gets green light

June 19, 2013
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Tuesday’s announcement that Fishers will become a city on Jan. 1, 2015, means mayoral hopefuls have less than a year to prepare for the primary election—always hotly contested in the Republican stronghold.

No candidates have emerged yet, but the buzz already has started about who will seek to become the fast-growing community’s first mayor.

The seven current members of the Town Council are the most obvious contenders, given their familiarity with municipal business. (Town Manager Scott Fadness, appointed by the council to run day-to-day affairs, has said he’s not interested.)

But they’ll have to pick their battles. Voters also will elect a nine-member City Council next year, and candidates can’t run for mayor and council at the same time.

So, fellow Fishersians, who would you like to see enter which race? And is there any chance our first mayor won’t have an elephant lapel pin?

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  • Faultless wants it
    Scott Faultless was Town Council president for 12 years, stepping down only when it became clear that the reorganization to City status was going to shift power from the President to the Mayor. Looks to me like he's positioning himself for a run. My one question though, is he a Republican? I don't recall the council elections being partisan. I hate to stereotype, but he's a personal injury attorney and they are overwhelmingly Democrats. But if he runs as a Republican, I'd think he's the overwhelming favorite.
  • How about a resident for Mayor?
    I moved from Long Island NY to Fishers to get away from Republicans and Democrats running the Towns in all aspects of life. Where I grew up was the ideal suburbia of the 1980's. It was great for me and my family. Once I hit my late 20's and everyone I grew up with was mostly living at home still (including myself). I knew it was time for a new life plan. Nassau County New York and Fishers draw many parallels to each other. What they offer to their residents. The kinds of school they have and are known for (education system), The Lifestyle activities and social atmospheres. I swear to you, Where I grew up was FISHERS 10-20 years ago. The Nassau County of 198X to around 1999 or so is everything Fishers is now. The one thing that happened to Nassau county NY was the political parties. They ruined everything. They were corrupt and over bearing on the residents of many of the middle class towns of Nassau county. Everything was politicized, from the town jobs, to the parks department to even the infamous sanitation department. Taxes went up and up and up. When I was a kid/teen the lifestyle of a middle class family was the same as I see here: Affordable Homes, Affordable taxes, and a board or council that looked out for the people living there. There were other factors that contributed to the downfall of Long Island that were beyond the Town, County. State and Federal Politics influenced much of the decline of Long Island as well. Town jobs were near impossible to land. Everything was unionized and near impossible to get into. It really became like goodfellas with people getting ahead by who they knew and how much they could pay or give to those in positions, ready to “help” them. I knew the end was near for me and my wife when I got married. I was near 30, married and living in my parent’s house which my dad converted to a mother daughter just so I had a place to live and it didn’t come cheap, $1700 a month. I still had to cover things like Cable, insurance, and my student loans on top of that. There was no way in the world I was ever going to be able to afford a Down payment on a home in the town I grew up in, even on a double income with my wife and 15K already put away, homes started at 430K for a 1200sq f trance on less than ¼ acre. We started looking to move. I have a friend who has lived here 12 years now and went to IUPUI which is why he moved here, also from NY. I visited a few times and was astonished at the level of growth Fishers had between 2004 and 2006. The price of homes was already affordable with only the money the wife and I had saved. We looked at NC and FL as well as I had family in FL and NC seemed to be the new hot spot for all the people around my age. We toyed with the idea of moving but weren’t serious about it. Then some I know well told me something and I knew it was time to move. His dad was lifelong sanitation department in NY. He was trying to get in and because his dad was one of those people who just went to work and minded his own business no one would help get the son in. He didn’t give enough to the new people in charge over there even though they did not exist when he started the job. Then they told him if he wanted in it would cost a GIFT of $50K. Now the job starts at $48K and goes to 70K after 5 years. It maxes out around 80K or so with very few higher paying spots. So basically if they let you in you owe them ONE YEARS Salary for the job. I couldn’t believe it. I did not realize how corrupt the system was there. Then he applied for a job with another Town agency, got in at part time with a promise of full time IF…. In order to get his FULL TIME he basically had to dedicate 20-30 hours a week to helping the Republican campaign. Signs on the lawn, going to fundraisers ect.. ect.. this went on for months and months before he got his full time. I swear they got 1000+ hours out of him for nothing and in return someone said something to someone else eventually and he was granted a full time job. Even after he was granted full time he was ENCOURAGED to keep up appearance for a while longer (that while longer lasted over another year.) I found this so corrupt. I did not want to live in a place that treats people like this to make a living. Then there was the increase in tax’s that basically brought your typical home taxes to about $14K a year, between property, county and School taxes (which were 5K a year per family). I knew It was time to leave for good. My family stayed for another two years trying to sell their home so they could move too. In that time my sister (who is 10 years younger than me and a new college graduate) left for Florida. So there was no family left in NY for my mom and dad. After Two years they finally sold their home and took a Bath on it. It was appraised at $780K in 2007. It was the largest home on the block (square footage). It started as a 1330sq ft home in 1976 when they bought it, there was a dormer put on it in 1986 to accommodate a growing family of 3 kids in the house. The Garage was also converted to a full room, so my parents had a 4 car driveway but no garage only a Shed in the yard. When I got married and my dad converted the home to a Mother daughter, I put on another 40K extension on the part of the home that was not dormer, to make it a full dormer to have a bed room for me and my wife. When all was said and done the home was a bit over 3000 Sq Ft without the basement. (Which was also finished). With his appraisal of $780K He listed the home at $749K and 2 years later thanks to the great finical decisions of our government and private banking his appraisal lost over $200K in 2 years. Finally he got out for $555K, which barely paid off the mortgages and let him escape the imploding county of Nassau with some decency. My parents moved out here and my dad was very happy with Fishers, they lived with me and my family for 6 months while we had a new home built, also here in Fishers. When the vote to become a city came up he was very vocally against it, as I was too. He had a lot more tales of what happened in New York to warn the people of what is going to happen when you let republicans and democrats run the city. What is going to happen to our taxes, what agencies are going to get bureaucratic and put up barriers in procedure which will lead to taxes going up. Everything he could think of, that happened, in Nassau county that the residents ended up shelling out more and more for, he warned all us voters about. I have to agree with him that I think he was right. I already am reading about Fishers possibly voting on passing law on only one sanitation company being allowed to work within Fishers boarders. It is not as bad a starting a sanitary district run by Fishers themself and having the new politicians get their hands into our suburbia, but it still sets a horrible president for competition and choice to the residents. I see Republic and Rays all over the place. Those seem to be the two major sanitary companies for residential sanitation service. I also see some other no names here and there but not enough to even know their names. Now were going to pass legislation to allow only ONE choice? Well I guess all our bills are going to go up because I am sure whatever company is given the monopoly to operate within Fishers with no competition will be giving a kickback to those in charge, or just raising our bills because, well, they can. I personally would never allow that to happen. I don’t see the benefits to ANY legislation to allow or not allow any sanitation company to operate here. If they are licensed and have the proper paper work in place to operate to do their duties then that should be enough. Why are we going to even EXPLORE an option like this? What a waste of our tax dollars to even talk about this. I have only lived here for 6+ years now, and I am sure there are a lot of circles of people who operate within Fishers that are connected and plan on staying connected now that the status of Fishers is that of a city. The more I read what is going on since the 2012 election online and in the current newspaper; I see the shadow of what I escaped in NY. I would really like to study a bit more about the ins and outs of this great town I live in (yes it is still a TOWN till 2015, so I read). Perhaps someone who does not have a long history or a political agenda to grind should throw their hat in the arena? Would I do it? Maybe? Should some of you consider it? SURE… I think residents understand their town better than those who make a living of telling us how much they understand US. I just hope I don’t need to escape Fishers in the next 5-10 years the same way that my parents needed to escape Nassau county Ny.

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