Delphi mayoral candidates talk goals for next four years

Incumbent candidate Shane Evans is running again as an Independent. He is challenged by Dale Seward, who is running as a Republican.

Posted: Oct 23, 2019 5:36 PM
Updated: Oct 24, 2019 10:46 AM

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) - We are less than two weeks away from the November elections, and the candidates for Mayor in Delphi are getting ready for the final stretch.

There's no denying the beauty of Delphi this time of year. Shane Evans and Dale Seward are trying to lead this historic city into a new decade. Evans, running again as an Independent, was elected into his first term as mayor in 2015 and took office on January 1st, 2016.

"For me, it's an opportunity to give back," he said "I grew up in the City of Delphi. I learned from some of the great volunteers that are here that lead organizations, whether it's youth sports, community organizations or religious organizations."

Dale Seward is challenging Evans as a Republican.

"I've lived in Delphi most of my adult life," he said. "(Delphi is) the county seat, it's got a beautiful courthouse, the people are magnificent. We just need to communicate with them more."

Seward hopes to bring new perspective with his background as a private investigator. He shares what he wants to see change in Delphi.

"We've got a lot of empty store fronts on the square that we didn't have two or three years ago," he said. "And we've got to simply do better at notifying and making people aware of what the City of Delphi has to offer."

He said wants to make progress on the counties drugs and addiction problems by looking at other successful programs, like in White County. Evans wants to continue the momentum he has built during his first term, including getting about $2 million for road repairs on 19 of the city's 21 miles. 

"We've been able to do more curb and sidewalk, we've been able to maintain the parks in peak condition and we've been able to start a water project that's been decades in the making," he said.

Evans explained the purpose of the water project. It replaced pumping capacity expected to be lost in the near future from nearby mining operations. It also increased storage and transmission capabilities to provide better pressure and redundancy in the system in case of an emergency. He said it also rehabilitated tanks that haven't received proper maintenance in decades. He said customers who have a consumption of 750-2250 gallons of water saw in an increase of less than $6 per month from the first rate increase.

Both have a similar goal for the next four years that will be key to Delphi's growth.

"Housing stock is limited here in the City of Delphi," said Evans. "People love the city but can't find a place to live."

"We don't have any housing," said Seward. "If we're building four, five or six houses a year I think that'd be great."

Early voting will be at the Carroll County Courthouse, or you can vote at your designated polling location on November 5th. News 18 will bring you the latest updates from the Delphi Mayor race results on the 5th on air and online.

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