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at least 6 running for lp mayor

Friday, August 04, 2017 16:17 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

The number of candidates for the soon to be vacant mayor's seat in LaPorte has doubled and could grow even longer before one is chosen next week.

The LaPorte County Republican Party has scheduled a caucus August 11 for 20 precinct committeepersons in the city to fill the remaining 29 months of Blair Milo's second term.

Milo on August 14 will become a member of the governor's cabinet as the state's first ever Secretary of Career Connection & Talent.

The early field of Leigh Morris, Roger Galloway and Mark Krentz for succeeding her now includes Paul Boardman, Tim Stabosz and Geoff Sellers.

Several other people are giving strong consideration to joining the race.

The deadline to enter is 24 hours prior to the 5:30 p.m. start of the caucus at the LaPorte County Complex.

Stabosz, 51, is self-employed in the financial world and currently a member of the city council he also served on from 2004 to 2007.

Boardman, 56, has operated 2001 Indiana Manufacturing, a local company specializing in reducing the costs of government related projects.

Sellers, 49, is a call technician at Jager-Unitek Sealing Solutions and used to a LaPorte Police officer and member of the city council.

Stabosz said his platform is focused on LaPorte becoming a ''quality of life destination'' not just for visitors but new residents and business owners.

Promoting the lakes, parks and historic charm of the city along with continuing with street, sidewalk and other infrastruture improvements should be leveraged to entice new investment.

''I have spent most of my adult life as a professional investor. I understand the concept of "return on investment" very well, and I know that when the city looks at spending money, it must focus on projects that will generate a return that will be justified to the taxpayer,'' said Stabosz.

Boardman vowed to work especially hard at gathering the $450 million he said LaPorte needs in new investment for things like constructing a by-pass.

''LaPorte is an island of ruin compared to our neighbors who are thriving and that's simply because of poor leadership,'' he said.

Boardman also said his aim is to work strictly for bettering the community, not just occupying space for ''self gratification'' like some previous mayors.

Sellers could not be reached for comment but stated in a post on Facebook his door is open to anyone with ideas to shareo or a desire to discuss the issues.

''If you want to know more about me, I'll gladly tell you. I'm a straight forward person and I don't hide from a discussion,'' he said.

Morris, 82, used to be mayor from 2004 to 2007 and prior to that was president and CEO of LaPorte Hospital. Galloway, 68, is a retired truck driver and in his sixth year on the city council. Krentz, 64, with a history in business is employed by the Greater LaPorte Economic Development Corporation and serves on the city's Board of Public Works and Safety and Redevelopment Commission.