Six Fishers mayoral candidates speak Wednesday

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – The six candidates vying to become the first-ever mayor of Fishers spoke to members of the Fishers Chamber Wednesday afternoon.

Four men and two women are competing for the job. Business leaders in the community wanted to hear what they had to say.

“I knew this one was a big one and I wanted to make sure we came and learn a little bit more about the candidates. Because I didn’t really know anything about them,” said Cassandra Bogaards.

It was Nov. 6, 2012 when Fishers residents voted in favor of the town becoming a city. Prior to election day, the issue had been hotly debated. Now a new debate is about to heat up. The debate over who should be mayor.

“I’m looking for someone who is already been in touch with what’s going on in Fishers, the vision,” said Kelly Marburger Novak.

Chamber members at the luncheon were eager to learn about the mayoral contenders.

“I (am looking for someone) with some leadership that really has a vision where he’s going,” said Korey Wiembold.

“I think probably someone who is very close to the residents. Gets out and gets to know as many people as possible,” said Barbara Baumgartner.

The candidates include a town council member, a former town council president, the Town Manager, an engineering consultant, a university professor and a former credit analyst.

The first question candidates answered was, “What will be your first priority as mayor?”

Those in the crowd had their own ideas of priority issues.

“This may not be the highest priority, but probably traffic,” said Baumgartner.

The Fishers community has grown from nearly 400 people in 1960 to close to 80,000 today. In 2012, voters decided to turn the town of Fishers into a city.

Voters will choose a mayor, city council members and a city clerk. Each will take office Jan. 1, 2015.

Click here for a list of candidates running for office in the Hamilton County primary election.

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