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Dr. John Crawford talks about his campaign for mayor

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — It may be January, but the local political season is already heating up.
“I think Fort Wayne is doing pretty well. I’ll make the argument that when I’m mayor, we can do even yet a little bit better,” John Crawford says.
Dr. Crawford, a five-term city councilman, officially filed to run in the republican primary for mayor.
An oncologist, he’s cut back on the medical practice he owns in order to plan his campaign.
He says he’s knocked on more than 6,000 doors since June to hear what residents really want.
“They say we like the downtown but we think it’s maybe time to tap the brakes on that a little bit. They want us to do less public spending on downtown development and shift the balance into more neighborhood improvements, and I agree with that,” he says.
Crawford wants to get tough on crime by hiring more police officers and paying them more.
You may have heard the idea he’s floated to install city-wide surveillance cameras.
He also says his medical background is key to helping fight the opioid crisis.
A campaign issue sure to resonate with voters will be the city’s contract with garbage collector Red River, and Mayor Henry’s reluctance to declare the company breached that agreement by providing poor service.
“If they don’t get to the level that we consider acceptable and they’re not even close then I would declare them in breach, and then we would have a… first we might have a legal fight. But the first thing I would do is fine them all the fines we haven’t fined them. We can still do that. And I think at that point they might very well want to walk away,” Craford says.
He says his tenure on council provides a huge advantage over any opponents he’ll face in the republican primary.
“In medicine, you’ve got to go through medical school, internship, residency. Do you really want a surgeon doing your operation on his first day? I don’t think it’s that easy to just walk into the mayor’s office, not knowing all the institutional things,” he says.
The primary election will be May seventh.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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