BLUFFTON, Ind (News Release) - Mayor Ted Ellis has announced his candidacy for reelection to a fifth term as mayor.
In making the announcement, Ellis was joined by Democratic City Council members Bette Erxleben, Michael Morrissey, James Phillabaum and Melanie Durr, who also announced their candidacies,
His announcement was as follows:
“Today, we announce our candidacies for reelection to our respective Bluffton city offices.
“Much has changed since the last city election. The country’s economic climate has dramatically affected every aspect of our community including how we provide essential city services. We believe that our stewardship of Bluffton’s resources merits another term at the helm of your city government.
“First, we promise a positive campaign.
“The lack of civility so often seen in Washington has no place in a local election. We pledge an honest explanation and exchange of ideas conducted in a climate of mutual respect.
“Second, we are proud of the fiscally conservative attitude shown by both our employees and our administration. We have tried to manage our city finances in the same manner as we must manage our personal business:
• We spend less than our income;
• We save for big expenses rather than incur debt; and
• We invite competitive bids on purchase, with a special eye to purchasing goods from local businesses.
“This attitude has allowed us to obtain federal grants for two large projects that will begin construction in 2011-2012: the reconstruction of two miles of Adams Street, making a substantial improvement to our industrial park and the construction of a trail from the Wabash River to Monroe Street, enabling safe bicycle and pedestrian traffic along our busiest highway.
“Third, despite tough times, we still are proud of our award-winning Parks and Recreation Department and our ability to provide dependable utility services, good streets and professional police and fire services. The quality of these departments and a jobs-friendly business climate, are among the reasons that Bluffton has weathered the economic storms better than most communities our size. We will not rest, however, until everyone who wants to work can find a well-paying job.
“While the nation’s economy appears to be slowly growing, we realize there are still challenges ahead for our community. We promise to meet them as we have in the past: with an open discussion of ideas, a respect for the worth of every citizen and a hope that we can continue working together to make Bluffton even better.”
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