Trash Talk: Mayoral candidates discuss Red River

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced he is seeking re-election Tuesday.  He is likely to win the Democratic primary.  If he wins the general election, he’ll serve his fourth term in office.

He faces Republican challengers Councilman Dr. John Crawford and Businessman Tim Smith.

The challengers plan to campaign on a number of issues including the city’s handling of its contract with Red River Waste Solutions.

“We’re pretty satisfied that significant progress has been made, and we’ll stay with them,” Mayor Henry said Tuesday during an interview with Fort Wayne’s NBC.

His challengers are less forgiving.

“The attorney for Red River was at a council meeting late last summer, when the attorney actually mentioned that within the contract there is no definition for material breach,” says Candidate Tim Smith.  “When I negotiate contracts I make sure that my corporate interests are best represented, as mayor I would make sure that the taxpayers’ interests are best represented.”

Dr. John Crawford isn’t sure the current number of missed pick-ups being reported captures the entire story. “If a whole street is missed and one person calls in, but the other people don’t call in, that’s one complaint, that’s not 20 misses.”

Mayor Henry says Red River is down to about 100 missed pick-ups per week.  They collect from 80,000 homes every week.  He says that is close to the rate of Red River’s predecessor.

Fort Wayne’s NBC plans to bring you extensive coverage of the mayoral race, which will include sit-down interviews with the candidates along with reports on the issues important to Fort Wayne voters.

Tom Powell

Tom Powell

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