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Mayoral race in Frankfort heating up

The race for Mayor in Frankfort got a little more interesting Thursday.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2018 11:58 PM
Updated: Nov. 30, 2018 12:12 AM

FRANKFORT, Ind (WLFI) — The race for Mayor in Frankfort got a little more interesting Thursday.

Current Mayor Chris McBarnes announced he was running for a third term.

Back in March, in a state of the city address, he said he would not continue as Mayor.

Meanwhile his only opponent Lewis Wheeler announced in May his candidacy for Mayor.

Both candidates are running under the Republican ticket.

McBarnes would be the first mayor in Frankfort's history to be reelected for a third time if he wins the race.

Wheeler says he initially ran because nobody was on the Republican ticket.

Both candidates are pushing for safety within the community, but both have different visions when it comes to improving the city.

"My vision for the future is to strategically grow Frankfort into a vibrant, dynamic city and I think that is what sets me apart, but now I have a track record to point back to which is nice," said McBarnes.

"The streets are going to be a big deal," said Wheeler. "I want to look at building services and code enforcement because there's a lot of I can think can be done to beautify our city and help neighborhoods feel proud of the neighborhood they live in."

Both candidates plan on door to door campaigning.

Per the city, political signs aren't allowed in yards until April 1st.

The primary election is in the beginning of May.

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