A Terre Haute businessman announced his candidacy for mayor Friday, nearly a year ahead of the official filing date.
The last election, held in 2015, was a close race. Mayor Duke Bennett won re-election for a third term by a margin of just over 300 votes.
Candidates can’t file official mayoral bids until January of next year. But, Pat Goodwin says he’s announcing his candidacy early to get his message out.
Goodwin is the owner of Tractor Tools Direct, and he’s a former Terre Haute City Engineer. He plans to run as an independent and focus on three main issues: financial stability, transparency and efficiency.
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“If we can get our finances stable, if we can get our city government open to the public so they can see what’s going on, if we can improve efficiency, then we will have some funds to work with to start to do the things that really make a community special,” Goodwin says.
The city has been dealing with a budget deficit of more than $9 million because of previous overspending. And Mayor Bennett has clashed with city council members over a lack of communication and transparency in the past.
Goodwin says the city is suffering from a “lack of leadership,” and needs major changes and new ideas. He also says he won’t be seeking nomination from either political party.
“At the local level, parties are really irrelevant anyway,” Goodwin says. “Delivery of city services is not partisan.”
Goodwin says his goal is to serve everyone, regardless of their political affiliation.
The election will take place in Nov. 2019.