As we conclude 2018, we enter an election year for all elected officials in the City of Goshen. It is an honor to serve the Maple City; being Mayor has been a great privilege and learning experience. The friendships I’ve made and the wealth of knowledge I’ve been able to gather will help guide me in all my future endeavors, re-elected or not.
In just under a month, 2019 will be the start of my 12th year as an elected official in Goshen (eight years as at-large City Council member and the start of my fourth year as Mayor). While public office can be stressful at times, it also is rewarding. I have learned that my love of this community, as well as my interest in serving others, grows and deepens with each passing year.
Therefore, I am announcing today that I am seeking a second term as Mayor of Goshen, Indiana. In so doing, I pledge to continue my commitment to:
• Serving all of Goshen with an open mind and an inclusive heart
• Leaving divisive politics out of leadership
• Supporting our neighborhoods/residents and our business community
• Implementing smart and sustainable fiscal management
• Leaving the City better and stronger than the year before
In making this announcement, I’m thankful for the strong support of my family: wife, Maija, and children, Boden and Pippin.
During my years in elective office in Goshen, I have had the privilege of working with three different City Councils. I have valued serving alongside each of the elected officials, even when we have been in disagreement. I believe that we have accomplished much together, and when we have disagreed, we have done it respectfully and have always come back together to tackle the next topic. This is what allows us to keep representing all residents of Goshen.
I would add that as a community we have taken positive steps in celebrating diversity, growing neighborhoods, strengthening businesses, protecting the environment and enhancing public safety.
While I’m pleased to announce my bid for a second term, I’m even more pleased and gratified to have the bipartisan support of the following Goshen elected officials: Goshen City Council members Jim McKee, District 1; Mike Orgill, District 3; Julia Gautsche, District 4; and Julia King and Brett Weddell, At-large; and Clerk-Treasurer Angie McKee.
With deep respect,
Mayor of Goshen