Henry vs. Smith – Breaking down Fort Wayne mayoral debate answers

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Mayor Tom Henry and Republican challenger Tim Smith.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Mayor Tom Henry and Republican challenger Tim Smith faced off in their final debate on WANE 15 Tuesday, one week before the election.

These are the questions we asked and the answers Henry and Smith shared:

RESUME: What is the most important thing on your resume that qualifies you to be mayor?

ELECTRIC WORKS: How you plan to help the Electric Works project succeed or – at what point do you say that it’s time to move on with something else?

SOUTHEAST DEVELOPMENT: Outside of downtown and Electric works, what kind of economic development is taking place in Fort Wayne, specifically southeast Fort Wayne?

INFRASTRUCTURE: What are your plans to further improve city infrastructure to better connect people to the services they need?

CRIME: What can the mayor really do to ensure safety? What is your specific plan to reduce crime in Fort Wayne?

TRASH COLLECTION: What happened with Fort Wayne’s trash collection? Are problems with missed and late pickups fixed?

EVICTIONS: In 2016, Fort Wayne ranked #13 for evictions in large cities across the United States. What will you do to address the issue?

TAXES: What is the right mix of taxes?

MARIJUANA POSSESSION: Should Fort Wayne follow Marion County in not prosecuting small marijuana possession cases?

NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING: Why do campaigns go negative? What can be done to reduce mud-slinging?


YOUR OPPONENT: What impresses you most about your opponent?

ENCOURAGING NEXT GENERATION: How will you retain, elevate, inspire and enable young people to take an active role in the future of community development?

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