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Mayoral Candidates Debate Over Terre Haute Job Creation

The debate found the candidates sparring over the best method to grow the city’s economy, and how to clean up neighborhoods.

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    Photo: Alyssa Perez/ WFIU News

    Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett debated Democratic challenger Fred Nation on Tuesday night at Woodrow Wilson Middle School.

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    Photo: Alyssa Perez/ WFIU News

    Fred Nation called on the city to increase its number of animal control and code enforcement officers.

  • Bennett

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    Bennett and Nation answered ten questions, which they had both already seen prior to the debate.

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    Photo: Alyssa Perez/ WFIU News

    The debate, which was held in the auditorium of Woodrow Wilson Middle School, was well attended by the community.

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett faced his November challenger Fred Nation in a debate last evening held at the city’s Woodrow Wilson Middle School. The well-attended event saw the candidates debate over the best method to grow the city’s economy, and how to clean up neighborhoods.

Nation, speaking after the debate, outlined his platform.

“The number one issue is jobs, the number two issue is jobs, and the number three issue is jobs,” he said.  ”Now, we can do this as a community if we put our mind to it.”

Bennett, who also says jobs are a top priority of his administration, said what he is most proud of during his time in office was careful spending of tax dollars.

“In these tough times, you’ve got to make it work,” he said. “You can’t just print more money, that’s a problem we’re hearing all over the United States. We’ve positioned ourselves in that area too, to make sure we don’t have any massive cutbacks and cut city services.”

Throughout the debate, Nation insisted the city has money to hire additional building and code inspectors. Bennett however, said the city does not have the funds to create any additional positions without first eliminating some current ones.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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  • Robynkrm

    That’s it?   That’s the whole article?  They only made one point during the debate, and one candidate made one point afterward?  I don’t expect transcripts, but just a *bit* more depth would have been nice.  Really, I expected a lot more from WFIU than this.

  • Sara Wittmeyer

    Robyn, we appreciate your remarks. Time constraints often preclude our developing our broadcast stories as fully as we’d like. Thank you for reminding us, though, that our website presents the opportunity for expanded coverage. We will continue striving to use our online presence to that end. Also, we’re glad to receive feedback about the depth and breadth of our coverage of events in large communities such as Terre Haute. Please remember that we offer a live forum just for the citizens of Terre Haute at noon on the second Wednesday of each month with Ask the Mayor. Thanks, Sara Wittmeyer

  • Anonymous

    Robyn, we appreciate your remarks. Time constraints often preclude our developing our broadcast stories as fully as we’d like. Thank you for reminding us, though, that our website presents the opportunity for expanded coverage. We will continue striving to use our online presence to that end. Also, we’re glad to receive feedback about the depth and breadth of our coverage of events in large communities such as Terre Haute. Please remember that we offer a live forum just for the citizens of Terre Haute at noon on the second Wednesday of each month with Ask the Mayor. -Sara Wittmeyer

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