South Bend’s Mayoral Race Begins

Three mayoral candidates gave three different outlooks for the city of South Bend.

Mayor Steve Leucke, who is the longest serving mayor in South Bend history, is seeking another four years.

Two Republican candidates hope to give him a run for his money.

Juan Manigault (R) Mayor Candidate said, “I believe we have great potential, and when I continue to see companies leaving South Bend for Mishawaka I said I can not sit on the fence anymore. It is time to take a stand.”

Manigault’s wish list for South Bend is economic growth and establishing South Bend as a pro business environment.

He says the city needs to cut spending, and reduce taxes, and says he can make it happen.

He continued with, “I’ve developed managed and amended annual budgets ranging from 3.5 million dollars to over 15 million dollars.”

Mayor Steve Luecke sees primary campaigning as a way to spread the word about the successes of his administration.

“You need a good plan a good strategy, and you need a good message. Were proud of the record we have,” said Luecke.

He cites 1.3 million dollars invested in the city and 1300 new homes as part of a good track record.

He urges South Bend to stay the course.

Luecke also said, “I learned it is important to have a plan. To follow that plan to build on a strong foundation.”

Republican Terry Miller says mayor Leucke has led the city in the wrong direction.

Miller said, “I’m concerned about the things that are happening in the community and the prospects for the future.”

He says it is essential that the city keep its educated young people, like IUSB graduates.

Miller says he is building up more steam, so he can lead South Bend down the right track.

“We have to build momentum we have to pull more people into the support groups. We have callers we have people putting out yard signs,” said Miller.

With the primary less than three weeks away, all candidates will be busy doing just that, putting up signs, making calls, and telling the voters why they are the one for the job.

Absent from Thursday nights forum was Democrat William Davis.

He could not make it because of health problems.

He is seeking the democratic nod, against Luecke.

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