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Sexton announces plans to run for Mayor

(Talk of the Town photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano) Columbia City resident Don Sexton, below, has announced his plans to run for Mayor of Columbia City.

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

Two-term Columbia City Common Council member Don Sexton has announced his intent to run for Mayor of Columbia City.
Sexton will seek the Republican vote in the May primary.
"I believe it's time to have good, old-fashioned representative government in city hall. Someone who is available and listens to the people. That's what I'm all about," stated Sexton.
"If given the privilege to serve, I will be a mayor who listens, who uses common sense, who will work to end the spending of your public monies on frivolous projects and who will answer your questions and discuss your concerns," he added. "I believe in the least intrusive government possible. Your government works for you and is designed to serve, protect and defend. My role as your mayor will be to work with the city departments managing them to be the most efficient and effective departments possible."
Sexton sees the grant money awarded to the city in recent years, finding fault with what he sees as the spending of tax dollars in the name of grant funding.
"The outgoing administration is proud of the fact that during the last 8 years $500,000 in grant money was received for various projects," Sexton said. "This grant money is tax money. This administration is also working on the $4 million ‘Highway 205 project’. Again, this project is being funded with grant money. This is yet another example of pork barrel ineffective spending. When I am your mayor this ineffective spending will stop. This easy spending philosophy is what created our government’s current deficit position."
Sexton states that he plans to take a closer look at the city's utility system to find and reduce potential problems.
"I will also work tirelessly with the Whitley County officials, the EDC, our regional partners, and the state of Indiana to create additional jobs in our community," he continued. "We can assist in bringing more employment to our area without giving away the store."
Sexton is a graduate of Ball State University and has been in banking since 1972. He is currently a vice president with Lake City Bank. He has been teaching management courses at Indiana Business College since 1974.
In addition to his two terms on city council, during which time he served as president of the council, Sexton has served on the Columbia City Board of Works, as president of the Columbia City Redevelopment Commission, on the City Planning Commission, the Whitley County Community Corrections board and the Columbia City Whitley County Joint Advisory Board.
Sexton has also been a member of several local civic organizations for many years, including service as past president of the Columbia City Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Columbia City Rotary Club.
Sexton and his wife of 42 years, Susie Duncan Sexton, are the parents of a son, Roy Sexton, who resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sexton has created a Facebook page for his campaign, Don Sexton for Mayor.
Thus far, three individuals have formally launched campaigns for Mayor of Columbia City on the Republican ticket, but several residents are said to be considering a run and may announce their candidacy by the end of the week closer to the filing deadline.


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