Mayoral, city council candidates compete for FOP endorsement

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EVANSVILLE, In. (WEHT) — Candidates addressed the Evansville’s Fraternal Order of Police during a forum on Wednesday night.

Candidates for mayor and city council hoped to earn the FOP’s endorsement.

The forum comes within one month of the FOP’s vote of “no confidence” in EPD Chief Billy Bolin. Bolin was appointed and backed by Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.

“I believe…that even in times of disagreement, that we have been respectful to each other,” Mayor Winnecke said during his comments. “And that is important.”

His opponent, Independent candidate Steve Ary, also cited his support for law enforcement.

“I volunteered my time to fight for you because it was the right thing to do. And I will continue to fight for you for the very same reason.”

Each candidate had about three minutes to speak, and the forum opened with comments from the mayoral candidates.

This year, there are some fresh faces at the forum. According to the FOP, that is a good thing.

“We have 9 city council seats, we have four incumbents this year,” FOP President DJ Thomspon told Eyewitness News. “So I think we’ll have five completely new faces involved, that’s good for the city that’s good for us.”

One incumbent city council candidate does not have to wait for the result of the vote. Second ward’s Missy Mosby received an early endorsement. Sgt. Thompson says she’s been a big ally for law enforcement from the beginning.

“We just felt that it was the right thing to do. We know the work she’s done, and she’s been helpful to us and someone we can trust and go to.”

There is no exact number of endorsements that will be granted.

“We want people that are going to support law enforcement.”

The results of the vote are expected by the end of this week.

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