EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – One Republican, one Libertarian, and one Independent candidate for Mayor make their pitch to pilot the city of Evansville. The three men mention highs and lows, and their direction if elected.
Steve Ary (I), Bart Gadau (L), and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke (R), share the stage at Rotary on Tuesday afternoon.
“The city is kind of going in the wrong way,” Gadau said.
He believes Evansville has been moving backward for decades, and the Winnecke administration has focused too much downtown. Gadau think greater attention on people can pave his way to the Civic Center’s third floor.
“For the working and poorer class citizens, they’re really hurting,” he told the crowd. “Our roads being in terrible condition, our parks being terrible, not being able to feed their families, because our water bill has just gone through the roof.”
Ary applauded Winnecke’s leadership in giving much of Evansville a facelift, but he wants more to be done. He thinks the hundreds of millions being spent in development, to be redirected in the city core.
“It may change their appearance, but it doesn’t change who they are on the inside,” Ary said. “Nearly 25 percent of our population lives in poverty. There is a need for change.”
Ary believes a makeover is needed on the inside.
“I will return the eyes and heart of this city from the high-dollar projects back to the most valuable assets we have. Our people.”
Winnecke believes in collaborate leadership, and proof is in the pudding, he said. Look to the new downtown hotels, medical center, YMCA, and more.
“Bringing not-for-profits together, bringing the business community together, bringing labor together, business all together for the greater good,” said Winnecke, “I think that’s our secret sauce here in Evansville.”
If Winnecke is re-elected, he says there is more on the way.
“I’m the Mayor who looks for solutions that are creative to help keep our city moving.”
Democrats do not have a candidate in the Evansville Mayor’s race. Polls open on Tuesday, November 5.
This story was originally published on October 1, 2019