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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo's Greg Goodnight

Greg Goodnight

In this week’s installment of Ask The Mayor, Indiana Newsdesk's Joe Hren visits Kokomo's Greg Goodnight at City Hall. The mayor talks about the controversy surrounding the construction of Municipal Stadium, how the city crime rate decreased despite cutting the police force and why he's running for this third term as mayor.

Listen to their full conversation above. Here are some highlights:

Hren: I think the thing that comes to mind over the controversy surrounding the construction of the baseball field, is how did it get this far?

Goodnight: We're in the litigation stage so I have to be very careful, but we feel like we've done everything that we're supposed to do. We met the terms and conditions of the grant and we met all the obligations on permitting and those things. We're dealing with two agencies, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security which is basically the administrator for the FEMA program. And so in some ways, we feel like... maybe there's been some... just a lot of things going on outside of our decision making. As you can see, if you go by there today, we're under construction and we have a project we've been working on for a couple of years. It was very public, and we need to get this completed and hopefully this litigation will expedite that.

Hren: You talked about this during your announcement last night that you are running for mayor again... saying that this was big government, what do you mean by that?

Goodnight: Well, we all see it from time to time. Our state has sued the federal government over the affordable care act, EPA regulations over immigration policy and now we feel like it's kind of being pushed our way as well.

Hren: You officially announced you will run for a third term as mayor, why?

Goodnight: Cities are changing. Everything I read shows that cities are going to struggle and have a tough time over the next decade or two and these are critical times. As the population shifts to an urbanized area, people are going to have a lot of choices of where they live. And there are those cities that are probably going to make it. And I feel like we're trending in the right direction, but we have to continue the momentum.

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