Waynedale Politial Commentaries

What are your Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana politicians working on for you? Local, regional and state wide politics can be found here written by your elected officials.

Over the past few years, the General Assembly has taken steps to ensure that Indiana’s worst criminals are kept behind bars, and low-level, non-violent offenders have opportunities to get their lives back on track. This multi-year legislative effort was undertaken to address several alarming trends in our state’s criminal justice system.

Recidivism, which is a term used to describe a cycle of incarceration, is extremely costly to state and local communities. The Indiana Department of...

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Public safety is a top priority as we work each day to make sure the City of Fort Wayne is as safe as possible for everyone.

I recently announced the Fort Wayne Fire Department will hire 15 new firefighters. Ten of the new firefighters are a result of the City of Fort Wayne receiving a $1.4 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant from the federal government.

SAFER Grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter...

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Labor Day always reminds me of how important it is to a person’s well-being to have a job--not just for the money but for the dignity it gives to their life. So many times here at Wayne Township we see someone who has lost their job, and when they come to us they not only need financial assistance but a friend to help them through a dark and scary time.

Recently a former client shared her story with me about a time in her life when she needed just such a friend. Doranna lost her job during the...

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This year, I sponsored a legislative ethics reform law aimed at providing greater transparency requirements for elected officeholders and enhancing public trust in Indiana’s government.

The Indiana General Assembly functions as a part-time, citizen legislature. This means state lawmakers spend the majority of the calendar year living and working in their home communities. This allows legislators to bring real-world experience to the Statehouse, but it also means they must always be on guard...

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The City of Fort Wayne has received a federal award of $862,946 to purchase and demolish 18 flood-prone structures.

The grant came from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and was announced through the FEMA Region V Office in Chicago.

This is positive news for residents in the City of Fort Wayne as we continue our efforts with state and federal partners to protect our communities. In the last 10 years, we’ve moved forward with many proactive...

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On August 6 this year, the League of Women Voters hosted a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act at Fort Wayne’s Parkview Field. About 100 people attended and heard from Mayor Tom Henry, Police Chief Garry Hamilton, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, and John Aden, Executive Director of the African-American Museum among others. The speakers talked about the impact of the 1965 law, which has been called the most successful piece of civil rights legislation ever...

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