TOM HENRY ANNOUNCES WEDNESDAY- THE NEWS EDITORIAL IS ALREADY PUBLISHED- THE INK ISNT EVEN DRY- ITS HARPER VS HENRY..
OH WHAT A CHOICE- A STEAMING TURD; AND A CROOKED STEAMING TURD..
DOG SHIT VERSUS DOG SHIT-
WHO wILL SPEW MORE SHIT FIRST- AND WHO CARES?
We should have a good mayor's race this year
After serving for eight years, Henry is not likely to have a serious challenger from his own party. And given his distinguished representation of the GOP as both a state legislator and city councilman, Harper is not likely to face strong opposition, either.
We’ll further speculate that the two will engage in a lively campaign short on empty promises and mean-spirited accusations and long on creatively exploring the city’s problems and potentials. Such a campaign would educate voters and perhaps encourage more of them to actually go to the polls.
Harper’s battle, he surely knows, will be an uphill one. Henry has made no big and obvious missteps in his two terms, and there are good things happening in Fort Wayne he can point to, such as the robust re-emergence of downtown. And Harper has never faced the kind of challenge requiring him to raise a lot of money. This race is that kind of challenge.
If Harper is to have a chance, he will need to be both energetic about campaigning and inventive about how he addresses the issues facing the city. If he brings his best game to the contest, the mayor will have to step up his approach, and the voters will be the winners.
These are two savvy politicians who know this city well, so they should be able to identify the challenges facing Fort Wayne and articulate well-reasoned approaches to them.
There are plenty of areas we’d like to hear them talk about.
Economic development, for example, is about more than trying to boost downtown. As a region, we face competition other regions that are further along in thinking across county lines. How can we learn to thrive in that environment? And what about our quality of life — what role does the city have in that, and what role should it have? How much of the Legacy fund be saved, and what should it ultimately be spent on?
But we trust that Henry and Harper and their teams are quite capable of coming up with their own issues and approaches. And what they come up with will be the first clue for attentive voters about which candidate deserves their vote more.