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The race for mayor continues in Frankfort

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes and opponent Lewis Wheeler both say they are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

Posted: May 6, 2019 5:53 PM
Updated: May 6, 2019 7:11 PM

FRANKFORT, Ind (WLFI)— "Keep Frankfort moving forward" and "Faith, Family, Frankfort" are two slogans residents in the city have heard for weeks, as Election Day nears Tuesday.

“Every election I’ve ever been in, I’ve been opposed,” said City of Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes.

McBarnes has been the mayor for eight years. Now in this primary, he’s running against another republican.

 “I think people can relax," said Republican opponent Lewis Wheeler. "We’re going to do our best to listen to them because they want to give feedback so that they can have a voice in the process of how Frankfort is run.”

Wheeler is a Frankfort native who served on the City Council for years. He believes the city suffers from an immense amount of debt.

“Our debt is off the charts for a city our size,” said Wheeler. “We’re currently the fifteenth highest tax county in the state of Indiana.”

McBarnes begs to differ, saying the city’s general fund is much higher because of pro-development.

“If we can create jobs here which we’ve done and we want to continue to do,” said McBarnes. “We can bring more private investment here it’s going to drive down tax rates for everyone that calls Frankfort home.”

Improvements like the Nickel Plate Flats apartment homes have already been brought to the City of Frankfort. However, some residents are looking to see other changes.

Resident Michelle Wellman said she’s happy to see more candidates running for office.

“Getting more money back in the community,” said Wellman.

Wellman believes there is a debt problem in the city.

“We’re real poor when it comes to what’s available, you know, we’re getting close to going bankrupt in the city,” said Wellman.

Other residents like Bryan Martin said regardless who wins, three things matter to the improvement of the city.

“Jobs, people and the security and stuff around town,” said Martin.

Voters have just about 24 hours to decide who they believe will do a better job delivering. The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Monday.

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