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Bid made for City Council at large

December 20, 2018

The first candidate to announce his candidacy for one of Fort Wayne City Council’s three at-large seats did so at county GOP headquarters Wednesday night. 

Nathan Hartman, an actuarial pension consultant, formally announced his bid Wednesday. He is the second person to announce a candidacy for Fort Wayne City Council. Republican Rachel Lott has also announced that she plans to run in the May 7 primary for the council’s 4th District seat. 

“Over the past few years, I’ve been getting more involved in the city, working on the Cable Fund Access Board, Citilink and the Economic Development Council next year,” Hartman said. “It made me think about City Council and the impact I can have there. I think we could really start focusing more on the basics of government.” 

The three at-large City Council seats are currently held by John Crawford, Michael Barranda and Tom Freistroffer. Crawford is a contender for the Republican mayoral nomination next year. 

Specifically, Hartman said he wants to focus on trash collection and plans for infrastructure improvements throughout the city. 

“We have to have a plan to fix roads, repave roads on a more standard schedule,” he said. “Some of our neighborhoods have been neglected over the years and they could use some more infrastructure and sidewalks, especially in areas where kids are walking to school.”

When it comes to trash collection, Hartman said there are likely opportunities to work with trash collection contractors working for Allen County. 

“We could go around to some trash collection suppliers for the county and see if there’s a way to integrate them into the plan until Red River can pick it up. If that’s not possible, we would have some additional providers and an opportunity to pull them in a little bit.” 

The official filing period for candidates in the 2019 municipal primary opens Jan. 9 and closes Feb. 8. 

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